Monthly Archives: September 2006

Tom Joscelyn on Hillary’s Claim that Bill Would Have Done Something If He’d Had a Warning!

THOMAS JOSCELYN ON THE VICTORIA TAFT SHOW HEARD 5-8PM PACIFIC.
STREAM HERE.

“I’m certain that if my husband and his national security team had been shown a classified report entitled ‘Bin Laden Determined To Attack Inside the United States’ he would have taken it more seriously than history suggests it was taken by our current president and his national security team.”

She might be right. Maybe if he’d gotten ONE warning he WOULD have done something. But as Tom Joscelyn points out Bill Clinton had MORE THAN SIX warnings. See Joscelyn’s piece here.

On page 124, for example, the Joint Inquiry lists six instances–all prior to 2001–in which the intelligence indicated al Qaeda was planning attacks on U.S. soil:

In June 1998, the Intelligence Community obtained information from several sources that Osama Bin Laden was considering attacks in the United States, including against Washington, D. C. and New York;

In August 1998, the Intelligence Community obtained information that a group of unidentified Arabs planned to crash an explosive-laden plane from a foreign country into the World Trade Center;

In September 1998, the Intelligence Community obtained information that Osama Bin Laden’s next operation could possibly involve flying an aircraft loaded with explosives into a U.S. airport;

In October 1998, the Intelligence Community obtained information that al-Qaeda was trying to establish an operative cell within the United States, and that there might be an effort underway to recruit U.S. citizen- Islamists and U.S.-based expatriates from the Middle East and North Africa;

In September 1999, the Intelligence Community obtained information that Osama Bin Laden and others were planning a terrorist act in the United States, possibly against specific landmarks in California and New York City; and

In late 1999, the Intelligence Community obtained information regarding the Bin Laden network’s possible plans to attack targets in Washington, D. C. and New York City during the New Year’s Millennium celebrations.

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Tom Joscelyn on Hillary’s Claim that Bill Would Have Done Something If He’d Had a Warning!

THOMAS JOSCELYN ON THE VICTORIA TAFT SHOW HEARD 5-8PM PACIFIC.
STREAM HERE.

“I’m certain that if my husband and his national security team had been shown a classified report entitled ‘Bin Laden Determined To Attack Inside the United States’ he would have taken it more seriously than history suggests it was taken by our current president and his national security team.”

She might be right. Maybe if he’d gotten ONE warning he WOULD have done something. But as Tom Joscelyn points out Bill Clinton had MORE THAN SIX warnings. See Joscelyn’s piece here.

On page 124, for example, the Joint Inquiry lists six instances–all prior to 2001–in which the intelligence indicated al Qaeda was planning attacks on U.S. soil:

In June 1998, the Intelligence Community obtained information from several sources that Osama Bin Laden was considering attacks in the United States, including against Washington, D. C. and New York;

In August 1998, the Intelligence Community obtained information that a group of unidentified Arabs planned to crash an explosive-laden plane from a foreign country into the World Trade Center;

In September 1998, the Intelligence Community obtained information that Osama Bin Laden’s next operation could possibly involve flying an aircraft loaded with explosives into a U.S. airport;

In October 1998, the Intelligence Community obtained information that al-Qaeda was trying to establish an operative cell within the United States, and that there might be an effort underway to recruit U.S. citizen- Islamists and U.S.-based expatriates from the Middle East and North Africa;

In September 1999, the Intelligence Community obtained information that Osama Bin Laden and others were planning a terrorist act in the United States, possibly against specific landmarks in California and New York City; and

In late 1999, the Intelligence Community obtained information regarding the Bin Laden network’s possible plans to attack targets in Washington, D. C. and New York City during the New Year’s Millennium celebrations.

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NIE IS RELEASED. NYT, LAT, WaPo This SHOULD be the End of Axe Grinding Nameless Sources. You’ve been had again!

SHAME ON THE NEW YORK TIMES AND THEIR HANDMAIDENS AT THE WASHINGTON POST AND THE LA TIMES.

Read the NIE for yourself here .
I’ve read it and if I were you I’d cancel my NYT subscription. This is wilful cognitive dissonance. There’s nothing that says we did the wrong thing in Iraq and EVERYTHING to say that the idea behind going into Iraq is absolutely right on and that there’s no way we can lose this because so much hinges on it.

SHAME ON THE NEW YORK TIMES AND THEIR HANDMAIDENS AT THE WASHINGTON POST AND THE LA TIMES.

Here’s analysis here and here and here.

Andy McCarthy highlights the fatwa issued in 1998 by UBL. Gads, no mention of GW. Well…give them time, they’ll manufacture one. But look they mention Clinton. Imagine it, Clinton did relatively little and he was mentioned in a Fatwa. Why do they hate him so much? Turns out: there’s no reason.
McCarthy:
Jihadists hate us because they hate us, not because of Iraq. If President Clinton’s Iraq policy was a problem, it was only because he didn’t follow through on it. By threatening to act forcefully but then letting Saddam Hussein and his terror-mongering fester, Clinton played right into al Qaeda’s conviction that America did not have the stomach for a fight and could be attacked with impunity — a conviction that was reinforced when terror attacks were in fact met with paltry, or no, response.

And remember this post of mine. This is why we can’t cut and run.
Here’s the essential ‘graph:

From the Blog last spring:

In the opinion section of the Wall Street Journal today is an interesting piece about what Iran’s version of Dr. Kissinger, Hassan Abbasi, thinks about American will. Find it here.Here’s the essential ‘graph:To hear Mr. Abbasi tell it the entire recent history of the U.S. could be narrated with the help of the image of “the last helicopter.” It was that image in Saigon that concluded the Vietnam War under Gerald Ford. Jimmy Carter had five helicopters fleeing from the Iranian desert, leaving behind the charred corpses of eight American soldiers. Under Ronald Reagan the helicopters carried the corpses of 241 Marines murdered in their sleep in a Hezbollah suicide attack. Under the first President Bush, the helicopter flew from Safwan, in southern Iraq, with Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf aboard, leaving behind Saddam Hussein’s generals, who could not believe why they had been allowed live to fight their domestic foes, and America, another day. Bill Clinton’s helicopter was a Black Hawk, downed in Mogadishu and delivering 16 American soldiers into the hands of a murderous crowd.
Here’s something you might find interesting; they all (Iran, Al Qaeda) think GW is an aberration and believe the old cut and run strategy will resume once G-4-3 is gone. The author continues in the piece about his research finding among other things that the American leader-elite don’t
support a cut and run strategy. He believes 9/11 changed everything and everyone. Do YOU?

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Glad They’re on Our Side! Unbelieveable!

Someone emailed this to me. Here’s the context:
This photo was taken by a soldier in Afghanistan of a helo rescue mission. The pilot is a PA Guard guy who flies EMS choppers in civilian life. Now how many people on the planet you reckon could set the butt end of a chopper down on the roof top of a shack on a steep mountain cliff and hold it there while soldiers load wounded men in the rear??? If this does not impress you … nothing ever will. Gives me the chills and a serious case of the vertigo … I can’t even imagine having the nerve … much less the talent and ability … God Bless ’em !!!!!

Then I got this email and one of our commenters provided this explanation:
Although the text that accompanied copies of this image sent via e-mail in 2006 suggested the activity shown therein was part of an effort to evacuate wounded coalition soldiers, the photo actually captures the Chinook helicopter touching down to receive Afghan Persons Under Control (APUC) captured by members of the U.S. 10th Mountain Division.

So…let me get this straight, if the second explanation is the correct one and (I know enough about this internet stuff to figure that it may be) then it’s even more extradordinary. Think about it, if they’re willing to risk their lives for the bad guys…??? Imagine what acts of heroism they’re willing to do for our friends!

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UPDATE: PASSED! It’s Not Too Late…Email or Call Your Congressional Rep About PERA!

UPDATE: PASSED!

The House of Representatives has scheduled HR 2679, the Public Expression of Religion Act, or PERA, for debate during Tuesday, September 26. This is the last week before they recess to go home to campaign for reelection. PERA will make it more difficult to sue government officials over public expressions of religion. It would prohibit plaintiffs in such lawsuits from recovering monetary damages, costs or attorney fees.

SEND AN EMAIL HERE.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

NIE IS RELEASED. NYT, LAT, WaPo This SHOULD be the End of Axe Grinding Nameless Sources. You’ve been had again!

SHAME ON THE NEW YORK TIMES AND THEIR HANDMAIDENS AT THE WASHINGTON POST AND THE LA TIMES.

Read the NIE for yourself here .
I’ve read it and if I were you I’d cancel my NYT subscription. This is wilful cognitive dissonance. There’s nothing that says we did the wrong thing in Iraq and EVERYTHING to say that the idea behind going into Iraq is absolutely right on and that there’s no way we can lose this because so much hinges on it.

SHAME ON THE NEW YORK TIMES AND THEIR HANDMAIDENS AT THE WASHINGTON POST AND THE LA TIMES.

Here’s analysis here and here and here.

Andy McCarthy highlights the fatwa issued in 1998 by UBL. Gads, no mention of GW. Well…give them time, they’ll manufacture one. But look they mention Clinton. Imagine it, Clinton did relatively little and he was mentioned in a Fatwa. Why do they hate him so much? Turns out: there’s no reason.
McCarthy:
Jihadists hate us because they hate us, not because of Iraq. If President Clinton’s Iraq policy was a problem, it was only because he didn’t follow through on it. By threatening to act forcefully but then letting Saddam Hussein and his terror-mongering fester, Clinton played right into al Qaeda’s conviction that America did not have the stomach for a fight and could be attacked with impunity — a conviction that was reinforced when terror attacks were in fact met with paltry, or no, response.

And remember this post of mine. This is why we can’t cut and run.
Here’s the essential ‘graph:

From the Blog last spring:

In the opinion section of the Wall Street Journal today is an interesting piece about what Iran’s version of Dr. Kissinger, Hassan Abbasi, thinks about American will. Find it here.Here’s the essential ‘graph:To hear Mr. Abbasi tell it the entire recent history of the U.S. could be narrated with the help of the image of “the last helicopter.” It was that image in Saigon that concluded the Vietnam War under Gerald Ford. Jimmy Carter had five helicopters fleeing from the Iranian desert, leaving behind the charred corpses of eight American soldiers. Under Ronald Reagan the helicopters carried the corpses of 241 Marines murdered in their sleep in a Hezbollah suicide attack. Under the first President Bush, the helicopter flew from Safwan, in southern Iraq, with Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf aboard, leaving behind Saddam Hussein’s generals, who could not believe why they had been allowed live to fight their domestic foes, and America, another day. Bill Clinton’s helicopter was a Black Hawk, downed in Mogadishu and delivering 16 American soldiers into the hands of a murderous crowd.
Here’s something you might find interesting; they all (Iran, Al Qaeda) think GW is an aberration and believe the old cut and run strategy will resume once G-4-3 is gone. The author continues in the piece about his research finding among other things that the American leader-elite don’t
support a cut and run strategy. He believes 9/11 changed everything and everyone. Do YOU?

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Al Haramain Worker Claims the Ashland "Charity" Helped Terror Causes


From the O today. Here’s the link.

The charity also hosted a stream of visitors, some who stayed days, some for weeks, Gartenstein-Ross said. He said the FBI has told him that several of those visitors had suspected links to terrorism, including one American Muslim who planned a terrorist training camp in Arizona. Gartenstein-Ross said he suspects Seda was unaware of the true background of some of his guests.

In April 1999, Gartenstein-Ross recalled, Seda addressed a prayer session at the Al Haramain headquarters, speaking in support of Islamic fighters in Kosovo. He said Seda told the group he knew of people overseas who were prepared to join the Kosovo mujahedeen, but they needed money for travel.

Gartenstein-Ross left the charity in August 1999 to attend a New York law school, and stayed in touch with Seda. The following year, he left Islam because of a “spiritual crisis” that convinced him that Islam, as he learned it, was too radical. He became a Christian.

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Glad They’re on Our Side! Unbelieveable!

Someone emailed this to me. Here’s the context:
This photo was taken by a soldier in Afghanistan of a helo rescue mission. The pilot is a PA Guard guy who flies EMS choppers in civilian life. Now how many people on the planet you reckon could set the butt end of a chopper down on the roof top of a shack on a steep mountain cliff and hold it there while soldiers load wounded men in the rear??? If this does not impress you … nothing ever will. Gives me the chills and a serious case of the vertigo … I can’t even imagine having the nerve … much less the talent and ability … God Bless ’em !!!!!

Then I got this email and one of our commenters provided this explanation:
Although the text that accompanied copies of this image sent via e-mail in 2006 suggested the activity shown therein was part of an effort to evacuate wounded coalition soldiers, the photo actually captures the Chinook helicopter touching down to receive Afghan Persons Under Control (APUC) captured by members of the U.S. 10th Mountain Division.

So…let me get this straight, if the second explanation is the correct one and (I know enough about this internet stuff to figure that it may be) then it’s even more extradordinary. Think about it, if they’re willing to risk their lives for the bad guys…??? Imagine what acts of heroism they’re willing to do for our friends!

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

When Democrats do it…it’s just a secret leak in the Mainstream Media. When Republicans do it…Well Check Out the LA Times:

Republican Campaigns Set to Sling Mud

By Janet Hook

Hoping to deflect attention from Iraq, candidates unleash the attack ads. Hey – they do get voters’ attention, consultants say.

But the following don’t count as mud slinging even though it was an orchestrated political leak. Gee, see how this plays out:

Democrats Cite Report to Undermine GOP

Democrats Tout Report on Terror Threat

Democrats use intelligence report to attack Republican strategy in Iraq

Democrats Seek Momentum From Iraq Report

Dems Seize on Iraq Report to Attack GOP

Dems Use Intel Report to Attack GOP

Leaked intelligence report rocks Bush election stance

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UPDATE: PASSED! It’s Not Too Late…Email or Call Your Congressional Rep About PERA!

UPDATE: PASSED!

The House of Representatives has scheduled HR 2679, the Public Expression of Religion Act, or PERA, for debate during Tuesday, September 26. This is the last week before they recess to go home to campaign for reelection. PERA will make it more difficult to sue government officials over public expressions of religion. It would prohibit plaintiffs in such lawsuits from recovering monetary damages, costs or attorney fees.

SEND AN EMAIL HERE.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Al Haramain Worker Claims the Ashland "Charity" Helped Terror Causes


From the O today. Here’s the link.

The charity also hosted a stream of visitors, some who stayed days, some for weeks, Gartenstein-Ross said. He said the FBI has told him that several of those visitors had suspected links to terrorism, including one American Muslim who planned a terrorist training camp in Arizona. Gartenstein-Ross said he suspects Seda was unaware of the true background of some of his guests.

In April 1999, Gartenstein-Ross recalled, Seda addressed a prayer session at the Al Haramain headquarters, speaking in support of Islamic fighters in Kosovo. He said Seda told the group he knew of people overseas who were prepared to join the Kosovo mujahedeen, but they needed money for travel.

Gartenstein-Ross left the charity in August 1999 to attend a New York law school, and stayed in touch with Seda. The following year, he left Islam because of a “spiritual crisis” that convinced him that Islam, as he learned it, was too radical. He became a Christian.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com