Our Gitmo policy is right: Part 2


Wrote verrrry early this morning about Jimmy Carter’s on-foreign-soil comments about how our Gitmo policy was "disgraceful."  He also took the opportunity to describe the Iraq war as "unnecessary and unjust." 

Jeff Goldstein had bang-on post today that took Carter to task for his statements:

So, for my part, I’m going to continue saying so—in the most direct terms possible—until self-loathing terror apologists like Jimmy Carter are shamed into deferring their own self-righteous ego masturbations for the sake of waging war against those who truly do wish to destroy us.

Read the whole thing – and make sure to check out the comments section there for a spirited debate about this.  139 and counting!  Protein Wisdom continues to hold a place in my top 5 daily must read blogs.

It wasn’t enough


It wasn’t enough that outraged Muslims (via CAIR) successfully lobbied to get Michael Graham taken off the air at WMAL.    Now a group of local Muslims in Denver are calling for US Rep. Tom Tancredo to be removed from office:

Local Muslims aren’t satisfied with an apology from U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo about his remarks about bombing Islamic holy sites, Muslim officials said Saturday at a Denver rally.

"He needs to be removed from office," said Gerald Muhammad, a Nation of Islam minister from Denver. "We’re not going to stop pushing until he is censored. We can’t afford to have a man like that in office."

Muhammad and other Muslims spoke to about 200 people at the "With Justice Comes Peace" at Civic Center Park.

Tancredo has been under fire since July 15 when he told a radio host that the United States could "take out their holy sites," if Islamic terrorists attacked the country with nuclear bombs.

Some at the rally worry that Tancredo’s remarks will cause people to be hostile towards Muslims and encourage prejudice.

"He should be bringing people together, not dividing them," Israr Haq, 42, of Northglenn. "The congressman went overboard."

Tancredo, earlier in the week, met with a select group of Muslims.  World Net  Daily reports:

While refusing to dialogue with his most vocal Islamic critics, U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo met with a select group of Muslims to clarify his remarks about threatening to target holy sites in response to a terrorist nuclear attack.

The Colorado Republican was visited Wednesday by a three-member delegation from the Free Muslims Coalition, a group urging mainstream Muslims to take a stronger stand against terrorists.

The coalition’s president, Kamal Nawash, told the Rocky Mountain News after the meeting, "To the extent anyone was insulted by his comments, [Tancredo] said he’s sorry about that."

"It confirmed what we always believed. He’s a great guy … and he has no animosity toward Muslims," said Nawash, a Republican and former state Senate candidate in Virginia.

Meanwhile, officials for the Council on American-Islamic Relations said Tancredo was making a mistake by not including them in the meeting.

"If they want to talk to mainstream, moderate Muslims, this is the organization to talk to," Corey Saylor, government affairs director for CAIR, told the Denver paper.

"Moderate"?  Let’s take a look at how moderate CAIR is:

… [The Council on American-Islamic Relations] has desperately tried to project a moderate and patriotic image in the face of growing skepticism. "We are Americans and we are Muslims," is the motto that it runs in the nation’s newspapers. Part of that image campaign involves dispelling notions that it is controlled by foreign interests in the Middle East. CAIR emphatically denies receiving any foreign support, including for its new headquarters. It argues that it is a "grassroots organization" largely supported by members who pay dues.

For the record, here is what Hooper insisted in a November 8, 2001, press release: "We do not support directly or indirectly or receive support from any overseas group or government."

But land and tax records tell a different story—if you can find them, that is (and then figure them out). And believe me, it is not easy. The original deed to the property for CAIR’s headquarters—located a few blocks from the U.S. Capitol at 453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.—is kept at the District of Columbia Recorder of Deeds Building. You can access it by computer. Problem is, you cannot read it once you call it up. The copy in the database was scanned from microfilm, not the original, and the resulting blurry type has rendered it illegible (printing the image does not help). The only way to read it is to view it on microfilm, which requires a trip to the third floor of the building.


The Al-Maktoum Foundation is based in the United Arab Emirates capital of Dubai and is headed by Gen. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, the Dubai crown prince and UAE defense minister. So essentially, the UAE government is CAIR’s new benefactor.


And in a surprisingly unsympathetic statement made just two weeks after the attacks, Al-Maktoum warned Washington not to strike Afghanistan and kill "innocent" Muslims. He also advised against confusing "legitimate" acts of resistance against "Zionist oppression" with acts of terrorism, arguing that the only real terrorists are "Israeli terrorists" and that Israelis should be included in any American war on terrorism.

"We should not confuse legitimate resistance with terrorist acts," Al-Maktoum said, referring to Palestinian suicide bombings. "The Arab and Muslim communities have paid dearly for terrorism, especially the state terrorism practiced by the government of [Prime Minister Ariel] Sharon and extremist groups in Israel. Regrettably, the powers in the international community have done nothing but watch the Israeli terrorists, a matter which has angered Arabs and Muslims." He added, "Confrontation of terrorism must cover Israeli terrorism."

Al-Maktoum’s foundation, which builds hard-line mosques and schools in other countries, has also held Dubai telethons to support the families of Palestinian suicide bombers as part of a relief campaign called "We Are All Palestinians."

If they’re moderate, I’m Queen Elizabeth.  If Tancredo wants to clarify his remarks, fine.  But hopefully he’ll do it with Muslims who are truly interested in discussing them, and not a group of self serving individuals who put up a front for open dialogue with people of different faiths while their bankrollers finance terror behind the scenes.

The ‘Privacy Clause’?


Patterico links up to an interview with Senators Christopher Dodd (D-Conn) and Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) from Fox News, as posted at the Washington Post’s blog.  Seems Senator Dodd has found a new clause in the Constitution (emphasis added by me):

The open-ended question for us clearly is what are his views about some of the basic values, the equal protection clause, the privacy clause of the Constitution. These are things that members of the Congress through their — and their representatives want to know about during the confirmation process.

Interesting.  Maybe next he’ll be talking about the Santa Claus of the Constitution.

In all seriousness, statements like this are maddening because, of course, there is no such "clause" in the Constitution and anyone who hears him who doesn’t know that will simply nod their heads and say "yeah! We need to do that."  One has to wonder whether this was deliberate on the part of Sen. Dodd or if he really is that ignorant of what the laws of our land really are.  

WashPost: Condi is different than Powell


… and they subtly imply that that’s a good thing, which is interesting, given their constant praise of Colin Powell when he was Sec. of State.   Powell, by many in the liberal media and many on the left, was considered a "Maverick" during the administration (remember: Maverick to the media=any public figure [especially a Republican] who unapologetically disagrees with the President).

Ed Morrissey provides some interesting commentary about the Post’s writeup  here.

Over There – The MilBlog reaction


It’s not very favorable.  Greyhawk has a roundup of MilBlog reactions.  In a related post, he mentions an LA Times piece where 5 out of 6 LA Times staffers said the show’s characters "look real."

Here’s the show’s website, if you’re interested.

Evening update:   Leopold Stotch at OTB says:

I didn’t catch the show, but it’s being marketed as a tool for understanding the human side of the war. It sounds like more Hollywood melodrama instead.

That’s pretty much my take on it, too.

World opinion of US changing?


I missed this opinion column written by Max Boot earlier in the week.  In it, he cites an opinion poll by the Pew Global Attitudes Project.  Here’s more:

The public opinion poll was conducted by the Pew Global Attitudes Project, hardly a bastion of neocon zealotry. (It’s co-chaired by Madeleine Albright.) Over the last three years, Pew surveys have charted surging anti-Americanism in response to the invasion of Iraq and other actions of the Bush administration. But its most recent poll — conducted in May, with 17,000 respondents in 17 countries — also found evidence that widespread antipathy is abating.

The percentage of people holding a favorable impression of the United States increased in Indonesia (+23 points), Lebanon (+15), Pakistan (+2) and Jordan (+16). It also went up in such non-Muslim nations as France, Germany, Russia and India.

What accounts for this shift? The answer varies by country, but analysts point to waning public anger over the invasion of Iraq, gratitude for the massive U.S. tsunami relief effort and growing conviction that the U.S. is serious about promoting democracy.

There is also increasing aversion to America’s enemies, even in the Islamic world. The Pew poll found that "nearly three-quarters of Moroccans and roughly half of those in Pakistan, Turkey and Indonesia see Islamic extremism as a threat to their countries."

Support for suicide bombing has declined dramatically in all the Muslim countries surveyed except Jordan, with its large anti-Israeli Palestinian population. The number of those saying that "violence against civilian targets is sometimes or often justified" has dropped by big margins in Lebanon (-34 points) and Indonesia (-12) since 2002, and in the last year in Pakistan (-16) and Morocco (-27).

Read the whole thing.

(Wink: John at South Dakota Politics)

How do we know our Gitmo policy is right?


Because Jimmy Carter says it’s "disgraceful" (on foreign soil, I should add).

Captain Ed delivers a smackdown of Carter’s comments:

But even beyond the folly of Carter’s assertions, the fact that he decided to attack the military and the American administration while abroad marks him as particularly despicable. He went to the soil of our strongest ally and attempted to undermine their support for the war effort in Iraq. If he succeeds, then American soldiers will wind up facing even more danger in the country at a time when we hope to be readying the Iraqis to stand on their own. No American should do such a thing during wartime, especially an ex-President — even one as relentlessly clueless as Jimmy Carter.

Carter has long shredded his charitable reputation by reminding us how inept his grasp of foreign policy was and is. Now he has revealed himself as a man of low character and relative loyalty. That may surprise few at this point of his post-office career, but the extent of his perfidy still disappoints nonetheless.

Couldn’t have said it better myself.

Comments feature should be back to normal


I hope anyway!

Earlier today, I had to recreate a couple of comments that were posted because they went straight into the Spam Karma delete file – that was my fault as I didn’t have the thing configured (I’m VERY new to configuring Word Press plugins). Luckily, I had the emails saved as I receive notifcaton of comments waiting for approval in the que so I recreated the two comments, based on that.  My apologies to the two who that happened to (I noted it in your comments).

Things should be back to normal now as I think the configuration looks good, and hopefully I will no longer have to moderate like I used to.  Comments (it looks like) post straightaway once they make it through the spam filter without you having to wait for me to approve it.  It looks like the filter is doing it’s job of capturing spam just fine and allowing legit comments through.

However, if *anyone* (who is not a troll) experiences issues with posting comments here, please email me and let me know.  Thanks and TGIF!emoticon

Update: I’ve switched blog skins to the "Geek" skin, which is compatable with most (if not all) browsers and screen resolutions … this is *not* the new skin I’ll end up with, BTW, but some ppl have been having issues with the format of the other skin showing up wonky on their browsers, so I changed the default blog skin so the formatting issues would (hopefully) disappear.  Should you want to switch to another skin, please see underneath the "About this site" section here and select one from the drop down menu.

Again, please pardon the mess as the ST blog is going through a remodeling stage :)