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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 2009
ANOTHER WIN FOR SARAH - AT 8:53 P.M. ET: Whether you like Sarah Palin or don't, the treatment of this woman has often bordered on the obscene, and insane. Many don't realize it, but one technique her enemies use is to flood Alaska's official agencies with ethics complaints against Gov. Palin. One by one, they have been dismissed:
An ethics complaint alleging Gov. Sarah Palin promoted her husband's sponsor at a snowmobile race has been dismissed.
The complaint had been filed by Linda Kellen Biegel, who claimed Palin had a conflict of interest because the clothing she wore to the Tesoro Iron Dog snowmobile race this year had an Arctic Cat logo.
COMMENT: I've rarely seen a public official subjected to such constant legal abuse. Naturally, the media is silent.
June 3, 2009 Permalink
IN OBAMA'S FACE - AT 8:30 P.M. ET: We've noticed in recent days a new willingness on the part of some Democrats in Congress to resist President Obama on specific issues. We haven't, though, seen Democrats go into the president's face on foreign policy. This may be a change:
Three U.S. lawmakers appealed to the Saudi government Wednesday to stop using religious textbooks that they say promote hatred and religious intolerance.
The appeal from the three Democrats came on the eve of President Obama's much-anticipated speech to the Muslim world during a five-day journey to Saudi Arabia and Egypt in an attempt to smooth over bumpy relations between the U.S. and Arab countries. Obama met Wednesday afternoon with Saudi King Abdullah.
COMMENT: The president is, right now, in Saudi Arabia, origin of some of the worst hate material in the Muslim world. The three lawmakers are right. Referring to Christians as "cross-worshipping crusaders" or Jews as "the sons of apes and pigs" will not do much to advance peace. This issue comes up again and again, but little has been done. Instead, we get cover-ups aided by the vastly wealthy Saudi lobby in Washington, which has been generous to a disturbing number of ex-US officials.
June 3, 2009
AIR FRANCE 447 - AT 7:45 P.M. ET: We promised we'd follow reports of this tragedy because planes do not simply fall out of the sky. We must always consider the possibility of terrorism.
However, a very well reported story by AP says that terrorism has essentially been ruled out by investigators, and signals sent by the aircraft before it went silent appear to support that conclusion. (We stress that this is not a final conclusion.) The signals chronicle a series of catastrophic events consistent with the plane breaking up in violent weather.
Technical experts tell the AP that only if the black boxes are found in the ocean will a definitive cause be pinpointed. A French research vessel with deep-sea search equipment is on its way to the crash area now.
You can read the AP story here. Well recommended.
June 3, 2009
WELCOME TO OUR NOBLE ALLY - AT 1:42 P.M. ET: Do you think that some listeners in Egypt tomorrow might not think Obama is necessarily on the side of "American values"? He's not exactly going to an Oxford debate. From the Washington Post:
CAIRO, June 2 -- On the way to Cairo University for a much-anticipated speech on Thursday, President Obama will travel over freshly paved roads and past freshly painted light poles and freshly planted flowers.
But the more common sights for students and faculty at the school are trucks packed with riot police outside the university gates and an enveloping security presence on campus. Student political groups are prohibited. The university's policy on artistic and cultural events, according to its Web site, is "protecting students from all sorts of destructive ideas and corrupt thoughts."
Gimme a C. Gimme an A. Gimme an I...
COMMENT: There are probably many American college administrators who'll read that and say, "You know, that's not so bad." Coming to a politically correct college near you.
June 3, 2009 Permalink
OBAMA'S FALL? - AT 10:13 A.M. ET: Although today's Rasmussen tracker shows a sudden drop in President Obama's popularity, it has remained remarkably high...despite widespread disapproval of some of his policies.
Why? And what chance do we have to see the president's ratings go down? Dick Morris has a provocative analysis. He's sometimes right, sometimes wrong, but always interesting:
The real recession — dating from the stock market collapse — began four months before Bush left office. And it is now four months since Obama was inaugurated. From this vantage, it still looks to voters like Bush's recession.
But, it will become increasingly obvious that the large deficit Obama has incurred while pursuing his cure for the recession is, on its own, causing more problems than it solves. As high interest rates and, most likely, inflation, begin to set in — with no relief in unemployment — it will be obvious that Obamanomics isn't working and is, in fact, aggravating the economic trouble.
Obama now faces a choice of poisons.
He can leave taxes as they are and take the poison of high interest rates, rapid inflation and a new recession, all caused by the massive borrowing he has forced on the Treasury...
Or Obama can break his pledge and raise taxes on everybody. His soak-the-rich approach will not be enough to cover the deficit. Especially when one factors in his health-care proposals, big tax increases on the middle class become an increasing likelihood. And when we consider his cap and trade legislation, huge increases in utility rates also loom.
Either poison will make it clear that the economy is suffering from the medicine Obama administered rather than the original disease that started under Bush.
Some economists think we will have an L-shaped recession from which we do not emerge for years and years. Others think it will be a W-shaped recession (not Bush's W), in which we emerge briefly and then go back down again. But a U-shaped recession in which we go down and then come bouncing back probably cannot happen with Obama's deficits now firmly in place. Then it will become clear that the cure was worse than the disease.
COMMENT: That makes a lot of sense. Add to economic woes a growing perception that Obama is spineless in national security, and we may have a perfect mix for Republican gains in next year's congressional races - if the GOP can capitalize on the advantages that come its way.
We'll watch closely the American public's reaction (remember Americans?) to the president's hey-we're-pals speech in Egypt tomorrow. We think the president's political situation is fairly precarious, waiting for public perception to catch up with reality, and maybe for one major incident to start the voters on a serious rethinking.
June 3, 2009 Permalink
THE MESSIAH ARRIVES BACK IN THE OLD COUNTRY - AT 8:55 A.M. ET: Nothing like a good homecoming. President Obama has landed in Saudi Arabia, the big gas tank in the Middle East. Based on some recent statements he's made, he should feel very comfortable:
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, June 3--American flags are hanging next to the green banner of the Saudi kingdom on the street-light poles of this desert capital, a celebratory nod to the arrival of President Obama, who on Wednesday landed here to begin a five-day tour through the Middle East and Europe.
Obama will hold a day of meetings with King Abdullah on Iran's nuclear program and the dormant Israeli-Palestinian peace process, among other issues. It is his first presidential visit to the Arab Middle East.
COMMENT: We have it on good authority that the president has not brought with him 1) a Bible; 2) a woman's rights advocate, 3) a DVD of "The Ten Commandments"; 4) an autographed picture of the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders; 5) a copy of our Bill of Rights; 6) a video of Liberace.
June 3, 2009 Permalink
GAFFE OR ILLUSION? - AT 8:15 A.M. ET: The mainstream media has told us, endlessly, how smart our president is. How intellectual. How deep. How worldly. How educated. How..well, unlike BUSH (!!).
So when Obama said we have 57 states, it was shrugged off. They speak Austrian in Austria, he said. Shrugged off. He sat in a radical church for 20 years and didn't know what the pastor believed. Hey, his brilliant mind was elsewhere.
But wait a minute. Get this latest whopper. In what apparently is an almost comic attempt to do more groveling to Muslims, the president of the United States and its associated territories has now declared us one of the largest Muslim countries in the world:
Now, the flip side is I think that the United States and the West generally, we have to educate ourselves more effectively on Islam. And one of the points I want to make is, is that if you actually took the number of Muslims Americans, we'd be one of the largest Muslim countries in the world.
As my old mentor, Johnny Carson, used to say, "I did not know that."
The Weekly Standard examines the president's high scholarship:
Surely President Obama is smarter and more worldly than the last White House occupant, but there are not 57 states in the Union -- and if there were, the United States would still not be one of the largest Muslim countries in the world. Eight million Muslims seems to be at the high end of estimates of America's Muslim community. That number barely puts the United States in the top 40. There are more Muslims in tiny Jordan than there are in the United States, and twice as many in Syria.
And, more important...
Obama is undertaking a very significant reorientation of American foreign policy, and one hopes that he isn't doing so on the very mistaken belief that the United States is one of the largest Muslim countries in the world. Actually, if you look at the number of Jewish Americans, we'd be the largest Jewish country in the world after Israel. And America is the largest Christian country in the world. This context might be useful to the president as he tries to help the Muslim world better understand the United States.
And that, of course, is the point. The president, with his "multicultural" origins and left-wing background in Chicago, is part of the crowd that demands that we "understand" other cultures. But he never seems to demand that they understand us. But he doesn't like us much, anyway.
Does the term "potential disaster" cross your mind?
June 3, 2009 Permalink
WE'LL FOLLOW THIS - AT 7:55 A.M. ET: From Fox News:
A Continental Express pilot reported seeing a "missile or rocket" flying near his aircraft over Friday night over Texas, the Houston Chronicle reported.
The pilot told the Federal Aviation Administration an object was spotted within 150 feet below his airplane around 8:15 p.m. Friday night over Liberty County, Texas, the newspaper reported.
Liberty County Chief Deputy Ken DeFoor told FOXNews.com that officials met Tuesday with the FBI and the FAA to investigate the pilot's claims.
"We put all our notes together, and after they debrief the pilot we will have more information to go on," DeFoor said.
The plane had 29 people on board and was heading from Houston to South Carolina, he said. There were no interruptions in the flight.
DeFoor told FOXNews.com he couldn't say whether or not terrorism was suspected or if the plane was targeted. Graduation ceremonies were being held about the same time as the pilot reported seeing the rocket, and it could have been a hobby rocket someone set off.
COMMENT: We caution against premature conclusions, but this is worth following. First, the story says that the plane was flying at 13,000 feet. I doubt if a hobby rocket could get up that high. The pilot is former military.
Some weeks back, you'll recall, a group of men was arrested in Newburgh, New York, for involvement in a plot to shoot down American military aircraft using shoulder-launched rockets.
We have great technical expertise among our readers. If anyone has any ideas on this, please write in.
Again, caution...but vigilance.
June 3, 2009 Permalink
BORDER ATTACK? - AT 7:33 A.M. ET: Before we get on to all the diplomatic news of the day, let's deal with some real news. Apparently, our misunderstood and culturally complex enemies have some plans for us that have just come to light. I wonder if someone on the White House staff will be brave enough to slip this to President Obama as he wings toward the Muslim world this morning. From The Washington Times:
U.S. counterterrorism officials have authenticated a video by an al Qaeda recruiter threatening to smuggle a biological weapon into the United States via tunnels under the Mexico border, the latest sign of the terrorist group's determination to stage another mass-casualty attack on the U.S. homeland.
The video aired earlier this year as a recruitment tool makes clear that al Qaeda is looking to exploit weaknesses in U.S. border security and also is willing to ally itself with white militia groups or other anti-government entities interested in carrying out an attack inside the United States, according to counterterrorism officials interviewed by The Washington Times.
The officials, who spoke only on the condition they not be named because of the sensitive nature of their work, stressed that there is no credible information that al Qaeda has acquired the capabilities to carry out a mass biological attack although its members have clearly sought the expertise.
This is from the video:
"Four pounds of anthrax -- in a suitcase this big -= carried by a fighter through tunnels from Mexico into the U.S. are guaranteed to kill 330,000 Americans within a single hour if it is properly spread in population centers there," the recruiter said. "What a horrifying idea; 9/11 will be small change in comparison. Am I right? There is no need for airplanes, conspiracies, timings and so on. One person, with the courage to carry 4 pounds of anthrax, will go to the White House lawn, and will spread this 'confetti' all over them, and then we'll do these cries of joy. It will turn into a real celebration."
COMMENT: Hey, happy Wednesday morning. This should be taken very, very seriously. America has become relaxed because we haven't had an attack here in eight years. But Al Qaeda is patient. Many experts have noted that they'll want to do something bigger than 9/11.
The president, in his "outreach" speech to the Muslim world on Thursday, must make clear that our war against this kind of monstrosity will continue, with or without the permission of the American left or the Muslim mullahs.
Does Obama have that kind of courage? We'll find out in a day.
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TUESDAY, JUNE 2, 2009
OBAMA'S DELUSIONAL WORLD - AT 10:48 P.M. ET: Apparently the Muslim world, which the president will address in his speech from Egypt on Thursday, has a bit of a jolt waiting for him when he touches down. Mr. Obama's middle name doesn't seem to carry much weight with the militant mullahs and their murderous mentors. Even The New York Times concedes that:
CAIRO — President Obama starts his much anticipated Middle East tour on Wednesday in Saudi Arabia, where he is expected to press the Arab nations to offer a gesture to the Israelis to entice them to accelerate the peace process.
But when he meets in Riyadh, the Saudi capital, with King Abdullah, he should be prepared for a polite but firm refusal, Saudi officials and political experts say. The Arab countries, they say, believe they have already made their best offer and that it is now up to Israel to make a gesture, perhaps by dismantling settlements in the West Bank or committing to a two-state solution.
And truth-telling isn't part of the president's tour plan:
Before leaving Washington, Mr. Obama signaled that while he would mention American concerns about human rights in Egypt, he would not challenge Mr. Mubarak too sharply, calling him a “force for stability and good” in the Middle East.
In an interview with the BBC released by the White House on Tuesday, Mr. Obama said he did not regard Mr. Mubarak as an authoritarian leader. “No, I tend not to use labels for folks,” Mr. Obama said.
Huh? He doesn't regard old Hosni as authoritarian? Does Obambi know what happens to democracy advocates in Egypt?
I love this: "No, I tend not to use labels for folks." No, he leaves that for his aides to do in their leaks to the press. Count the number of leaks that use "hard line" to describe the Israeli prime minister.
Bottom line: Mr. Obama is likely to be disappointed by the Arabs. Given his administration's trendy mentality, that will probably translate into more pressure on Israel. Let's just get a lot of signatures on a piece of paper and wave it before the public.
Peace in our time, you know.
June 2, 2009 Permalink
COUNT ANOTHER ONE IN FOR 2012 - AT 10:17 P.M. ET: Mitt Romney, who often appeared stiff and uninspiring during his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination last year, has emerged since as a thoughtful, articulate spokesman for the party. Clearly, his hat is in the ring, if only informally, for 2012.
As the president wings toward those great Mideast democracies he's about to visit, Romney reminds us of Obama's fairly appalling style while overseas:
"It’s not because America hasn’t made mistakes -- we have -- but because America’s mistakes are overwhelmed by what America has meant to the hopes and aspirations of people throughout the world," he said, adding: "Britain’s Guardian newspaper noted that Mr. Obama has been more critical of his own country, while on foreign soil, than any other president in American history. That would be a most unfortunate distinction at any time."
Seeking to bolster his national security credentials, especially if he makes another White House bid, the one-term Massachusetts devoted much of his speech to calling for more defense spending. "We cannot allow the economic crisis to conceal the very real threats to our nation’s security," Romney said. "We cannot ignore the intentions of competitors who would replace America’s leadership with their own, and set back the cause of freedom."
"I fear ... that he will look to the military budget to find the biggest cuts and finance his domestic priorities.”
The potential 2012 presidential candidate detailed a litany of other criticisms of the Obama administration -- including its handling of North Korea. “Arrogant, delusional tyrants can not be stopped by earnest words and furrowed brows. Action, strong bold action coming from a position of strength and determination, is the only effective deterrent.”
COMMENT: Romney on target. Polls are showing that, while President Obama is personally popular, his policies are less so. While that was also true of Ronald Reagan, Reagan had a strong, effective foreign policy. Obama's foreign policy is foundering, and he often seems naive, even uninformed. Carteresque is the word.
If the economy improves, it will probably blind Americans to Obama's foreign inadequacies. But if the economy continues to drag, as it apparently will, foreign weakness can do to Obama what it did to Carter.
Then The New York Times can call Obama the best ex-president in history...and we won't care.
June 2, 2009 Permalink
COUNT ONE IN FOR 2012 - AT 6:23 P.M. ET: The Republican governor of Minnesota has made a political move with national implications, as the Washington Post reports:
Update, 3:15 p.m.: Gov. Tim Pawlenty formalized his decision not to seek a third term in 2010 moments ago even as he acknowledged: "I still have a lot of ideas and energy left."
In response to suggestions from Democrats that he was leaving because he could not win a third term, Pawlenty insisted he "could have and would have" won in 2010, rattling off a series of recent polls showing his electoral strength.
Pawlenty did not directly address questions about whether he would run for president in 2012 but did note that he was "not ruling anything in or out" in regards a national bid.
COMMENT: Pawlenty is an attractive, intelligent guy who handles himself well in debate. If present trends continue, any GOP candidate will have a hard time in 2012, but present trends might not continue. Pawlenty would be a welcome addition to the field. By declining to run for a third time, he clears his calendar and avoids a political battle in which he would be targeted by the Democratic National Committee, hoping to knock him off. The 2012 race has begun.
June 2, 2009 Permalink
LESS HUM FOR THE HUMMERS - AT 4:48 P.M. ET: The Hummer is, in a way, a symbol of American power and patriotism. It's the civilian version of the Army's best-known transport vehicle. Hummers are made by GM. Well, they were made by GM. Seems there'll be some changes made, and they may say a lot about the decline in American industrial power. From The New York Times:
UANGZHOU, China — General Motors has reached a preliminary agreement for the sale of its Hummer brand of large sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks to a machinery company in western China with ambitions to become a carmaker, a person with knowledge of the Chinese government approval process said Tuesday.
The Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery Company Ltd., based in Chengdu, concluded the agreement with G.M., said the person, who insisted on anonymity.
COMMENT: Maybe I'm being irrational, but I find this sad. It's like the Chinese buying Boeing. It reminds me of all those great European and British companies that had to be sold because they failed under socialism. Is history telling us something?
June 2, 2009 Permalink
WILL OBAMA'S POPULARITY GET A FLAT TIRE? - AT 10:08 A.M. ET: To our dismay, we've been watching President Obama's popularity rise in recent weeks, and, according to Rasmussen, even get a bump upward following the selection of Sonia Sotomayer to the Supreme Court. We've asked ourselves if we have a Teflon president, who rises in popularity no matter what he does, or its outcome. We've also asked ourselves whether the media's love affair with the president has now become a serious barrier to any rational discussion of the Obama record.
But Byron York, writing in the increasingly important Washington Examiner, believes the GM bankruptcy may be a tipping point, the moment when the tire starts to deflate:
Observers across the political spectrum have marveled at Barack Obama's ability to maintain a high job approval rating even as the public grows skeptical about some of his key policy initiatives. There's a feeling, among Republicans at least, that sooner or later he’s going to reach a tipping point between his personal popularity and the unpopularity of his proposals, and that his job approval rating will suffer.
We might be catching a glimpse of Obama’s tipping point with his handling of General Motors' bankruptcy, and Chrysler's before it. The government takeover of the automakers is by far the most unpopular thing Obama has done so far. And it's not just unpopular -- it is partisan, appealing to the base of his party and virtually no one else.
Trouble is, the base of his party includes a good chunk of the media. However...
Among Republicans, 72 percent disapproved. Sixty-six percent of independents -- a group key to Obama's success -- disapproved. The only group to approve of continued bailouts to the automakers was Democrats, by 57 percent to 42 percent.
At the moment, the auto situation seems not to have affected the president's job approval rating. It's still high -- around 60 percent in the latest RealClearPolitics average of polls. But opposition is slowly solidifying. The RealClearPolitics average shows the number of those who disapprove of Obama's job performance has grown from 20 percent in his first week to 32 percent today.
Now, with the government takeover of the car companies, we have a major policy initiative from the Obama White House. And people don't like it.
In the months to come, we'll have more major initiatives. Besides health care and energy, there will be education and a decision on the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay. Can Obama stay at 60 percent approval through all that? The tipping point draws nearer.
COMMENT: Dick Morris predicts that the popularity crunch for Obama will come in about four months, when the results of his own policies kick in, and he can no longer blame Bush. The key issue will be whether the press completely collapses and becomes part of the Obama rescue mission. You can be sure NBC will be there, and probably The New York Times.
June 2, 2009 Permalink
GETTING OUR ATTENTION - AT 8:45 A.M. ET: We continue to follow the strange story of the loss of Air France flight 447 over the Atlantic yesterday. The mainstream media is reporting it as an accident, and is a bit ho-hum about the tragedy.
We stress that we do not engage in conspiracy theories here, but we do ask questions. The report as of now:
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Searchers raced against the clock Tuesday to find wreckage of Air France Flight 447, which disappeared in the Atlantic Ocean with 228 people aboard. French investigators said a series of extraordinary events likely brought the airliner down.
Rescuers scanning deep waters in a vast zone extending far off northeast Brazil toward West Africa have not turned up confirmed signs of the plane, or any survivors. The 4-year-old Airbus jet was last heard from at 0214 GMT Monday en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris.
Investigators on both sides of the ocean worked through the night to determine what brought it down - wind and hail from towering thunderheads, lightning, or a catastrophic combination of factors.
The French government minister overseeing transportation, Jean-Louis Borloo, said French police were studying passenger lists.
COMMENT: It's that last sentence that got our attention. Why would they be studying passenger lists? Well, we all know.
Here are some issues: Some are speculating about lightning, but lightning strikes airliners all the time. Others are speculating about turbulence. But this was a modern, almost-new airliner, designed to take heavy turbulence. There were reports of transmissions from the plane indicating electrical problems. But it turns out they were routine maintenance transmissions alerting Air France that there were some problems that had to be dealt with. There was no mayday call from the plane, indicating either a total loss of communications capability - highly unlikely - or some rapid event.
Some experts are suggesting a combination of things might have brought the plane down. But the absence of a distress call is a deep mystery. Was the crew incapacitated? Wounded? Dead?
That is speculation, but it is exceedingly rare for a plane to just fall out of the sky. Presumably, the plane is now at the bottom of the ocean. We may never know the cause, but we will follow this. We'd also like to know who was on the passenger list.
UPDATE AT 9:20 A.M. ET:
(CNN) -- Wreckage has been found in the Atlantic Ocean that could have come from a missing Air France jet that disappeared Monday with 228 passengers and crew on board, Brazilian aviation officials said Tuesday.
Floating objects and seats were found 720 kilometers (447 miles) from the island of Fernando de Noronha, said Brazilian Air Force spokesman Jorge Amaral.
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A LITTLE LATE, NO? - AT 8:22 A.M. ET: As Mr. Obama jets off to Egypt to address people who danced in the streets after 9-11, he's having some trouble with people who came to our side after 9-11. Confusion, confusion. It must be a language problem, but this administration appears to treat enemies better than friends.
After Egypt, and a lovely trip to the free, democratic kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the president will visit Normandy to commemorate D-Day. But someone, gosh darn, forgot to invite Queen Elizabeth, the only reigning leader who participated in World War II. Now, a few days before the trip, the White House tells us it is just so upset, as The Politico reports:
President Obama is trying to score Queen Elizabeth an invite to the D-Day commemoration ceremony at Normandy ...
... that he will attend this week with French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
The Queen, the only surviving head of state who served in World War II, was snubbed by the French when she didn’t make the guest list.
Asked today if Obama believes Her Majesty should be officially invited, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters, “He does.”
“And we are working with those involved to see if we can make that happen,” he said.
You know, making sure there's a hotel room available, a seat on a British airliner - that kind of thing.
It was a bit different last week, before the scriptwriters around the president agreed on the shooting script:
Last week the White House wasn’t so sure about the Queen and Normandy. Gibbs brushed off a question about whether Obama could intervene on her behalf.
“We are not in charge of the guest list,” Gibbs quipped. “I can assure you of that.”
No, but the president of the United States can make an itty bitty suggestion.
The president has expressed affection for the queen before. But the president is very good with words. It's the actions that worry us.
June 2, 2009 Permalink
OUTRAGE - AT 7:28 A.M. ET: An American soldier died yesterday - not in Iraq or Afghanistan, but right here at home, and under circumstances that cry out for further investigation...and some real journalism. From Fox News:
A man with "political and religious motives" killed a soldier just out of basic training and wounded another Monday in a targeted attack on a military recruiting center in Arkansas, police said.
The suspect, Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, reportedly had been under investigation by the FBI Joint Terrorist Task Force after he traveled to Yemen and was arrested there for using a Somali passport.
According to ABC News, the investigation was in its early stages and was based on Muhammad's travel to Yemen. While there, Muhammed, a recent convert to Islam, studied jihad with an Islamic scholar, Jihadwatch.org reported.
We're getting the standard assurance:
Interviews with police show Muhammad "probably had political and religious motives for the attack," Police Chief Stuart Thomas said.
Muhammad, previously known as Carlos Bledsoe, was not part of a larger group nor was his attack part of a larger conspiracy, Thomas said.
"We believe that it's associated with his disagreement over the military operations," the police chief said.
No, they're never part of a "larger group." They always "act alone." In this case, we're assured, the gent was just upset over military operations. But who got him upset? Where did he learn to be so upset that he was willing to kill American soldiers...in the United States?
Nothing to see, folks, nothing to see. Just move on.
We will not accept bigotry or hatred at this site. But it is not bigotry to express concern about the growing list of misguided Muslims who've engaged in these "isolated" acts. Just a few weeks ago, a group of men who'd converted to Islam in prison were arrested in a plot to shoot down American military planes and bomb houses of worship in New York. Isolated case, we were told.
Earlier, another misguided Muslim burst into a Jewish center in Seattle and murdered an employee. Another one plunged a car into college students in North Carolina. There was the beltway killer in Washington, D.C., who, we were assured, acted only with his young partner. Just prior to the start of the Iraq war, a Muslim soldier in the war zone murdered an officer. Always "isolated."
The overwhelming number of Muslims do not commit these acts. We stress that. But there have been enough cases to warrant real investigations of what is being taught to these people. And yet, neither the front page of the online editions of The New York Times or Washington Post carry the story of this latest outrage.
The dead soldier was William Long. I Googled his name. There are only a few references to his murder. I then Googled George Tiller, the abortionist murdered in a heinous criminal act a few days ago. The list of stories goes on and on. William Long was only an American soldier. How important is he to the journalistic elites?
When Tiller was murdered, President Obama issued a statement of outrage. We have yet to hear from the White House on William Long's killing. Of course, the president leaves in hours for Egypt, where he will deliver a speech "reaching out" to the Muslim world. Fine. Make the speech. But, Mr. President, one of your soldiers is dead.
June 2, 2009 Permalink