Quote of the day

April 29, 2009

Obama has signed one major piece of legislation: the stimulus. But how big an achievement is that? Getting Congress to spend money is like getting a wino to drink.

–Matthew Continetti, "Obama thus far"

Hee hee

 


Oh, good lord!

April 28, 2009

The Feds knew the photo-op of Air Force One could cause panic in New York and they did it anyway — and ordered New York officials to keep quiet about it.

This is just inexcusable. Heads should roll.

(hat tip: Sister Toldjah)

 


A perfect illustration of the 9-10 mindset

April 28, 2009

Unless you’ve been hiding in a cave for the past 24 hours, you’ve undoubtedly heard of the low-altitude photo-op flyover of New York City by one of the planes used as Air Force One, while being escorted by an F-16 — an escort that looked like pursuit. In case you haven’t, here are three videos. The first illustrates the panicked reaction of New Yorkers near the Goldman-Sachs Tower. Ready, Tito?

I can see why New Yorkers panicked and evacuated buildings — I would have, too.

Forget for a moment the monumental stupidity it took to even conceive of this idea, a low altitude flyover of a city that suffered thousands of dead from hijacked airliners turned into missiles just a few years ago. And let’s not even think of the gob-smacking hypocrisy of an administration that publicly frets about global warming while burning tons of fuel and spewing tons of the demon CO2 into the atmosphere — all for a photo op.

This Kodak moment reveals something much more worrisome: that apparently the administration as a whole does not take seriously the threat from jihadist Islam – catastrophic terrorism that could strike at any moment. This is the most serious threat we face, now and for the foreseeable future. Yes, more serious than global recession and financial crises, for free-market economies are self-correcting. (Assuming governments don’t screw them up…) But this administration doesn’t get it.

As I’ve said before, the first and highest duty of any American presidency is the protection of the United States and her people from all threats, foreign and domestic. And there is no more pressing threat than that of another catastrophic attack on an American city, which we know is al Qaeda’s objective — and I bet Iran’s too. (Hizbullah is a tool of Iran, and it’s known they’re forming sleeper cells in the US.) An administration that had this threat and this duty in the forefront of their minds would never have approved a stunt like yesterday’s.

Instead what we saw was a picture-perfect metaphor for the entire 9-10 mindset, the attitude that existed before the attacks of September 11th, 2001: terrorism isn’t an existential threat, al Qaeda is just a bunch of guys in caves, and Iran is not a danger. Any menace they pose can be dealt with by police agencies. The rest of us can go about our lives, ignore the wolves beyond our borders, and think about the next cool photo-op.

But the wolves won’t go away, no matter how much you ignore them, no matter how tightly you shut your eyes and clap your hands to your ears. They’re out there, and they still want to kill us.

And unless the Obama administration starts taking this seriously and not just reading soothing words off a teleprompter, the next low-flying plane won’t be a stupid photo-op.

 


A perfect illustration of the 9-10 mindset

April 28, 2009

Unless you’ve been hiding in a cave for the past 24 hours, you’ve undoubtedly heard of the low-altitude photo-op flyover of New York City by one of the planes used as Air Force One, while being escorted by an F-16 — an escort that looked like pursuit. In case you haven’t, here are three videos. The first illustrates the panicked reaction of New Yorkers near the Goldman-Sachs Tower. Ready, Tito?

The next gives you another view and shows you how low that plane was to the New York skyline:

And one more, from the view at Ground Zero:

I can see why New Yorkers panicked and evacuated buildings — I would have, too.

Forget for a moment the monumental stupidity it took to even conceive of this idea, a low altitude flyover of a city that suffered thousands of dead from hijacked airliners turned into missiles just a few years ago. And let’s not even think of the gob-smacking hypocrisy of an administration that publicly frets about global warming while burning tons of fuel and spewing tons of the demon CO2 into the atmosphere — all for a photo op.

This Kodak moment reveals something much more worrisome: that apparently the administration as a whole does not take seriously the threat from jihadist Islam – catastrophic terrorism that could strike at any moment. This is the most serious threat we face, now and for the foreseeable future. Yes, more serious than global recession and financial crises, for free-market economies are self-correcting. (Assuming governments don’t screw them up…) But this administration doesn’t get it.

As I’ve said before, the first and highest duty of any American presidency is the protection of the United States and her people from all threats, foreign and domestic. And there is no more pressing threat than that of another catastrophic attack on an American city, which we know is al Qaeda’s objective — and I bet Iran’s too. (Hizbullah is a tool of Iran, and it’s known they’re forming sleeper cells in the US.) An administration that had this threat and this duty in the forefront of their minds would never have approved a stunt like yesterday’s.

Instead what we saw was a picture-perfect metaphor for the entire 9-10 mindset, the attitude that existed before the attacks of September 11th, 2001: terrorism isn’t an existential threat, al Qaeda is just a bunch of guys in caves, and Iran is not a danger. Any menace they pose can be dealt with by police agencies. The rest of us can go about our lives, ignore the wolves beyond our borders, and think about the next cool photo-op.

But the wolves won’t go away, no matter how much you ignore them, no matter how tightly you shut your eyes and clap your hands to your ears. They’re out there, and they still want to kill us.

And unless the Obama administration starts taking this seriously and not just reading soothing words off a teleprompter, the next low-flying plane won’t be a stupid photo-op.


Nancy Pelosi wants a witch hunt. Give it to her.

April 27, 2009

witch burning

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is at the forefront of Democrats who want to prosecute and persecute former Bush Administration officials for the "enhanced interrogation methods" used on al Qaeda prisoners in the wake of 9/11. You know, those methods that likely enabled us to prevent a second-wave attack on Los Angeles. Whereas the Obama White House and Senate Majority Leader Reid want to limit the farce to congressional hearings, La Nancita wants a full-bore truth commission, as if the United States were a nation recovering from a brutal dictatorship, like Argentina or South Africa.

Then again, in Nancy’s Leftist fantasyland, maybe that’s just what she believes.

But she should be careful, since the flames she seeks to fan against those eeeevvviiillll BushChimpHitler officials might burn her, too. Pelosi herself was ranking minority member of the House Intelligence Committee during the time in question and, as former CIA Director and former Chair of that same committee Porter Goss, pointed out, the chairs and ranking members of both the House and Senate committees were briefed several times by the CIA on terrorist interrogations and fully supported them.

Yet now Nancy is shocked, shocked to discover that wars are nasty — she wants her witch hunt, blast it. She can just smell the political hay to be made from bashing Bush and the Republicans some more, but they are not going to let her get away with this case of convenient amnesia.

You want a truth commission, Mrs. Pelosi? Fine. Bring it on. Let’s have that full-throated discussion of "harsh" interrogation of terrorists who believe they’re doing Allah’s work when they carve off heads or fly planes into buildings and who’d dearly love to set off a nuclear weapon in the US. Let’s clear away the cobwebs of convenient amnesia to let the world know just how much you and your party members supported those same techniques, funding them year after year and even wondering why we weren’t doing more. Let’s bring out all the details of how those techniques saved Americans from horrible deaths and find out what the American people support: a government that recognizes that its highest, first duty is to protect and defend its citizens, or one willing to gut its intelligence service and put the people at risk, all in the name of a preening sanctimony that’s nothing more than a cover for a partisan hack job.

So, let’s have that truth commission, Speaker Pelosi. Just remember, truth hurts.

RELATED: Noemie Emery has an excellent article with the same message: Let the hearings begin! Victor Davis Hanson worries about the damage the Leftist witch-hunters will do to the nation, and not just to its security: The Damnation of Memory.

 


Sunday links fiesta

April 26, 2009

It’s a busy weekend here at Public Secrets Secret HQ(tm), but I thought I’d point out a few links worth following:

Gird Your Loins Watch:

Is Pakistan in danger of collapse? Proving once again that appeasement is futile when the other fellow wants everything, the Taliban are now within 60 miles of Islamabad and closing. Questions of the day: Can the Pakistani government hold out for even six months, and what happens to Pakistan’s nukes when the state finally fails?

On a related note, Mark Steyn recalls that Britain once transferred global dominance and the defense of civilization to America. Now that President Obama seems intent on ushering in a post-American era, who leads now?

 

WTF??

Former CIA director and head of the House Intelligence Committee Porter Goss blisters the Obama Administration for putting partisan political gain ahead of our national security. (Related: Should President Palin prosecute former Obama Administration officials? It’s only partly tongue-in-cheek.)

Has the Obama Administration declared war on the practice of law, itself?

And are they moving to end the right to counsel for individuals facing police interrogation? The answer is no; Patterico has the details. What the administration is doing is bad enough — we have to be extra careful not to fall prey to Obama Derangement Syndrome.

 

Miscellaneous:

Did you know the six states with the highest unemployment rates also have the highest tax rates, while the six with the lowest unemployment also have the lowest taxes? Correlation or causation?  Thinking

Congressman Henry Waxman shows a scary ignorance of basic science. And, in the economy-killing cap and trade bill he’s pushing for the administration, is Waxman bribing giving incentives to his colleagues? Finally, to follow up on an earlier global warming entry, here’s more on that quiescent sun.

 

Needed laughs:

Some chuckles to bring the weekend to a close. The latest NewsBusted, starring Jodi Miller:

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, folks. Happy

 


The President must be proud

April 25, 2009

Iowahawk has just announced that President Barack Hussein Obama is the winner of the coveted 2009 Iowahawk Earth Week Virtual Cruise-In Grand Champion Carbonator award for his fuel-guzzling, carbon-spewing trip to Iowa to lecture us all on … energy conservation on Earth Day. The money quote from the award’s announcement:

The sheer, mindboggling nerve it took to pull off a eco-prank like that simply shames anything I’ve ever accomplished, and I daresay you. And the best part: most of the clueless ecoweenie marks still don’t realize they’ve been punked!  Now that’s what I call "The Audacity of Carbon."

Rolling on the floor

Well done, Mr. President. Just as you did on election day, you proved Mr. Barnum right.