I’m not ashamed; I want a copy of the video

May 12, 2011

Hey, brave jihadis! When confronted by the Crusader “Amriki,” your noble sheikh ran like a frightened animal:

THREE US Navy Seals converged on Osama bin Laden as he retreated desperately into a bedroom of his Pakistan lair, video footage has revealed.

Commandos recorded the raid on tiny helmet-mounted cameras, reports from the US today say.

The 25 SEALs who raided the compound in the garrison town of Abbottabad, Pakistan on May 2 were carrying the mini cameras, CBS News said.

(…)

According to US officials who have seen images of the 40-minute operation in Abbottabad, the only firefight in the raid took place outside the main compound building, where bin Laden’s couriers opened fire and were themselves shot dead, CBS reported.

Commandos then saw bin Laden for the first time after he appeared on a third floor landing, and they fired and missed.

The terror chief then retreated into a bedroom.

The first SEAL who entered the room pulled aside bin Laden’s daughters who were there with him, while a second commando was confronted by one of his wives who either rushed him or was pushed in his direction, said CBS.

According to the report, that second commando pushed the wife out of the way and fired a round into bin Laden’s chest, and a third commando then shot bin Laden in the head.

Not hard to tell who the real warriors in the room were.


Another reason why Ron Paul should never be considered for the presidency

May 12, 2011

I should think it would be obvious after this:

Ron Paul says he would not have authorized the mission that led to the death of Osama bin Laden, and that President Barack Obama should have worked with the Pakistani government instead of authorizing a raid.

“I think things could have been done somewhat differently,” Paul said this week. “I would suggest the way they got Khalid [Sheikh] Mohammed. We went and cooperated with Pakistan. They arrested him, actually, and turned him over to us, and he’s been in prison. Why can’t we work with the government?”

Asked by WHO Radio’s Simon Conway whether he would have given the go-ahead to kill bin Laden if it meant entering another country, Paul shot back that it “absolutely was not necessary.”

Congressman Paul later argues that we would never have done something like this in London, that we would instead have cooperated with the British. May I suggest to the congressman that comparing our closest, most trusted ally to the weak, corrupt, factionalized, largely Islamist and often backstabbing government of Pakistan is not only insulting to the British, but downright stupid?

It’s no secret that I consider Congressman Paul to be a borderline lunatic. Occasionally he makes a good point about domestic policy, such as his criticism of cronyism between government and big business, but you know what they say about broken clocks, too.

When it comes to foreign affairs, Paul is an extreme non-interventionist whose view of the world resembles a libertarian-isolationist paradise more than it does reality. His refusal to admit that overwhelming American power and the willingness to use it when necessary(1) is the only real guarantor of peace in the world is delusional. In a dangerous world and in a time of war, a “President Ron Paul” would be as damaging to American interests from the Right as President Obama is from the Left.

Given the national joy that greeted bin Laden’s assassination, let’s hope his moment of honesty marks the beginning of the end of anyone taking Representative Ron Paul seriously.

RELATED: Other times I’ve written about Texas’ answer to Screwy Squirrel.

PS: What the heck, see for your self. I swear there’s a family resemblance.

(1) Not willy-nilly, off the cuff, as President Obama seems to have done in deciding to attack Libya for no pressing reason.

UPDATE: Economist Dan Mitchell, a strong libertarian, expresses his disappointment with Paul.


In which I suggest a trade with the EU

May 12, 2011

Nigel Farage is the leader of UKIP, the UK Independence Party, which is a small-government, free-market party that advocates Britain’s withdrawal from the EU.  He is also, like the more well-known Daniel Hannan, a Member of the European Parliament. In the following clip, he addresses the President of the European Commission, Mr. Barroso, on matters of democracy, national sovereignty, and border control. I think you’ll find he expresses sentiments that many Americans would agree with:

(BTW, the “star-spangled banner” he mocks is the European flag, not Old Glory, before anyone gets in a lather…)

Now, I don’t know much more about Mr. Farage other than the few speeches I’ve seen and the general platform of his party, but, since he’s a thorn in the side of the statists of the EU and most Americans aren’t fond of our own statists, I’d like to suggest a trade to our friends in Europe: you send us Messrs. Farage and Hannan, and we’ll (gladly) give you President Obama, the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and most of the members of the Congressional Black Caucus(1).

Deal? 

via Hot Air’s Green Room

(1) Granted, there’s quite a bit of overlap between the two. Oh, and we get to keep Allen West.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)