Bin Laden Dead: Curb Your Enthusiasm

May 2, 2011

On the surface, the news is what we’ve all been waiting to hear for nearly 10 years: Osama bin Laden, the founder of the jihadist terror organization al-Qaeda and the monster behind numerous terrorist attacks, including the 9/11 attack on the US is dead.

All devout Americans celebrate his departure from this light and his descending directly into the bowels of hell.  Michelle Malkin has done her usual stellar job in listing some of bin Laden’s most dastardly deeds, in addition to 9/11. No person with a soul will miss the vicious bastard.

But before we declare today a national holiday, let’s take stock in some additional points that should be taken into consideration:

  • In a report from About.com, as of last week-end, 4683 American soldiers have died in the combined conflagrations in Iraq and Afghanistan since the launch of Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) on October 7, 2001 and Operation Iraqi Freedom (beginning with the invasion of Iraq on March 19, 2003).  This does not take into consideration the number of deaths to coalition soldiers from other countries fighting in support of US Troops.
  • According to a March 29th report from the Congressional Research Service, Congress has approved a total of $1.283 trillion for military operations, base security, reconstruction, foreign aid, embassy costs, and veterans’ health care for the three operations initiated since the 9/11 attacks: Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) Afghanistan and other counter terror operations; Operation Noble Eagle (ONE), providing enhanced security at military bases; and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). This estimate assumes that the current CR level continues through the rest of the year and that agencies allocate reductions proportionately.

Looking at the above, bin Laden’s death comes with a mighty high price tag. But it shows the world, that the United States will not shrink away from a fight when we’ve been attacked. And whether it’s Afghanistan, Pakistan or Any-other-stan, you can’t hide indefinitely.

With the completion of the bin Laden mission, many will deem it time for American troops to leave the region. However, former President Bush added to the agenda as we moved forward. That goal was to establish a democracy in the middle-east region in hopes of creating some level of stability the region. Whether this was his Achilles heel, an idiot’s folly or a shrewd move will be debated for years. The bottom line is American troops are still there and will most likely still be in harm’s way in the middle east for years to come.

The Bottom Line:

When America was attacked at Pearl Harbor on December 7th 1941, most of the Japanese celebrated their victorious moment. Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto was the only one who saw the bigger, more ominous picture as he (reportedly) said, “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.”

Osama bin Laden has now learned the meaning of the term “Terrible Resolve.”  However, we would be fools if we didn’t acknowledge that Muslim extremists are also filled with a terrible resolve now that bin Laden is dead. It would not surprise me if the word goes out from whoever no leads al-Qaeda, to seek revenge on the United States for bin Laden’s death. And the options they could possibly have in their possession already  include dirty bombs, nuclear weapons and who knows what kind of chemical poisons. Perhaps worse, given the porous American border (thank you Congress, Presidents Bush and Obama), these weapons could already be in place in numerous locations around the United States… perhaps even in your town or city.

Now, more than ever,  we need a true leader in the White House, one with the kind of experience and ability to make the right decisions in a timely manner. If President Obama was ever looking for the chance to prove his leadership capabilities, that opportunity now lies at his feet.

I’m glad the monster (bin Laden) is dead. But we’re a long way from being safe, my friends.

Gerry Ashley


Obama To McChrystal: “Shut Up And Obey!”

October 5, 2009
General Stanley McChrystal Commander, International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and Commander, U.S. Forces Afghanistan (USFOR-A)

General Stanley McChrystal

Alex Spillius writes on today’s London Telegraph, that the recent speech in London made by the Commander of Nato Forces, General Stanley A.  McChrystal “enraged”  US-OJT (On-the-Job-Training) President Barack Obama.  

I”m not exactly sure what Obama’s point of reference was. I mean, let’s be brutally honest here. In the war arena, I think a fair and unbiased comparison of credentials will give General McChrystal a slight advantage over President Obama. Let’s just see:

  • On one hand (according to Wikipedia), General McChrystal is the current Commander, International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and Commander, U.S. Forces Afghanistan (USFOR-A). He previously served as Director, Joint Staff from August 2008 to June 2009 and as Commander, Joint Special Operations Command from 2003 to 2008, where he was credited with the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, leader of Al-Qaeda in Iraq. He assumed his current assignment on June 15, 2009. His father was Major General Herbert McChrystal. He was the fourth child in a family of five boys and a girl, all of whom would serve or marry into the military.  
  • On the other hand, while researching Barack Obama’s military experience, about the only thing I was able to uncover was that he once had a friend who had a GI Joe lunch box. 

So who do you feel more confident with when it comes to running the war in Afghanistan? Yet Obama reportedly threw a major hissy-fit over General McChrystal’s comments in London which prompted him to order the General to meet with him aboard Air Force One on the Copenhagen tarmack.

According to the article on The Telegraph:

In London, Gen McChrystal, who heads the 68,000 US troops in Afghanistan as well as the 100,000 Nato forces, flatly rejected proposals to switch to a strategy more reliant on drone missile strikes and special forces operations against al-Qaeda.

He told the Institute of International and Strategic Studies that the formula, which is favoured by Vice-President Joe Biden, would lead to “Chaos-istan”.

When asked whether he would support it, he said: “The short answer is: No.”

He went on to say: “Waiting does not prolong a favorable outcome. This effort will not remain winnable indefinitely, and nor will public support.”

Let me make this short and sweet. Obama and many other members of the left were quick to criticize the Intelligence gathering skills of the Bush administration.

Yet, it would appear that Obama’s intelligence wasn’t even up to the task of determining there was no point to fly to Copenhagen to lobby for the 2016 Olymics in Chicago.

Count me as one American who thinks this is one time President Mmm-Mmm-Mmm Barack Hussein Obama should mmm-maybe check his ego at the tent and listen carefully to what General McChrystal has to say.

But don’t count on it.  

Gerry Ashley


Al Qaeda-Linked Web Site Backs McCain for President

October 22, 2008

 

Well, there’s a strategy for you… supposedly, an Al Qaeda-linked web site has endorsed John McCain for President. Has anyone checked the temperature in Hell lately?

Now… I know what you’re probably thinking. “Is this just a dirty trick by Team Obama? A case of “reverse psychology?” Nope. I don’t think so.

“Is it an elaborate hoax/practical joke by Ashton Kutcher for the next installment of “Punk’d?”

Uh-uh.

While this web site is linked to Al Qaeda in their goals, I don’t think it’s actually an Al Qaeda sponsored site. However, their logic is actually very interesting:

  1. Execute a terrorist act before the election. That will, supposedly sway Americans to vote for McCain, knowing the entire Obama administration (along with both democratic-run houses of Congress) are deeply committed to failure in Iraq and unconditional surrender (as Harry Reid led the way a year ago).
  2. Once in office, McCain will (according to this group’s prediction) continue to fight the war in Iraq until we have completely used up our resources. They will have beaten us by endurance coupled with economic conditions. Hey, any victory is a victory, right?

I see a number of problems with this logic, however. Besides the obvious problem with another terrorist attack, especially if it’s on our soil:

  1. Bush is likely to be blamed for any attack, especially if an act of terrorism takes place on our soil since little or nothing has been done to secure our borders during the past eight years.
  2. We’re already broke and in debt to the tune of over ten trillion dollars. But still, Congress spends… What’s a few more billion to continue fighting when our FREEDOM is at stake here?
  3. Expecting Obama-rhoids to cross over from the dark side to elect McCain President? Yeah, like THAT’S gonna hap… hmmm… I actually like that aspect of it.

Note: The following announcement is in keeping with the Department of Political Correctness for all statements referring to the Democratic campaign: “The use of the term ‘dark side’ (above) was a reference to the ‘Bad Guys’ in the film ‘Star Wars’and in no way refers to anyone’s race, color, creed, or national origin.”

No, if it’s victory over the U.S. Al-Qaeda seeks, all they need to do is be patient and the Obama-rhoids will elect their “Peer-less Leader”. Then, Nazi Pelosi and Harry “The Eunuch” Reid can get on about their business of “Surrender at all costs.” In fact, while Barry O is picking out drapes for the White House, Nazi and Harry are probably already printing up the invitations to their “Snatching Defeat From The Jaws Of Victory” party.

Gerry Ashley


And the Muslim World Wonders Why the Rest of US have Our Doubts…

August 19, 2008

Take a look at the BBC RSS drop as of 5:30PM EST, 8/19/08…

A typical BBC RSS '08 drop down

A typical BBC RSS

Look at the number of Islamic-based attacks and the descriptions from the articles themselves where needed…

  • Afghan ambush kills French troops
  • Bombing kills dozens in Algeria: “Algeria has suffered regular attacks blamed on militants linked to al-Qaeda.”
  • Pakistan hospital bomb kills many: “The region has a history of Shia-Sunni tensions.”
  • Car explodes at Turkey checkpoint: “It was not immediately clear who might be behind the attack, though Islamist militants, Kurdish and leftist guerrillas have all carried out bomb attacks in Turkey in the past.”

Obviously, this post has been told a thousand times before, but it’s simply getting to the point where bloggers have given up and moved on. There is something broken in Islam, or the mainstream practitioners would have long ago been screaming from the rooftops for a reformation.

Is Islam the only religion that’s fouled up? Of course not, Christianity and Judaism are twisted too. (That’s just one of the beauties of being an agnostic… I get to be an equal-opportunity cynic.) But while boatloads of practitioners of all three religions have been getting the short end of the stick, it’s only the radical Muslims who have reached the conclusion that C4 aimed at innocents is the answer. Meanwhile, their “moderate” brethren look the other way.

Yup, yup, yup… You’ve all heard this a gazillion times before. I probably shouldn’t have wasted my time (or yours) with this post. I just thought the RSS drop down spoke volumes.

Alan Speakman