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Cnn National Security Debate: Candidates fall short


Wolf Blitzer asked good questions and persevered with follow ups without overt gotcha questions. On the down side, he went to breaks promising to return to the question and get a broader response, then asked a new question after the break.  I wonder whether someone higher up was dictating that behavior or Wolf was being loose with his rhetoric.

The major difference between this debate and the AFA debate last Saturday is that the entire debate was devoted to national security issues.  Better late than never.

I readily admit my opposition to Huntsman, Perry, Paul & Romney, but even a stopped clock is right twide every 24 hours.  Huntsman said that we need to find a balance between security and liberty and that the state and federal governments must cooperate against terrorists. I do not view security against terror attacks and liberty as antagonists. I see the former as a necessary foundation for the latter.  Citizens of states and members of organizations inimical to America should not expect perfect privacy nor should their contacts and close associates.

When the CIA find names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses on documents in terrorist training camps, or in the possession of captured terrorists, exploiting that information with surveillance, wire taps & intercepts  is not an assault on or threat to liberty, it is essential to national security. That is why I support maintaining and strengthening the Patriot Act.

In the most recent bomb plot case, the FBI declined to get involved, leaving the case to the locals. I doubt that FBI participation would have made a major difference, but I don’t have all the facts. What would have happened if the NYC PD shared their attitude about the suspect and dropped the investigation?

Huntsman stated the obvious: that sanctions against Iran & Syria won’t work because of Chinese & Russian opposition. He is right about that.  I am firmly convinced that sanctions would fail even if they had global support & cooperation in their enforcement.

At the end of the debate, Huntsman said named China as the major unrecognized foreign  threat and unemployment & debt as domestic threats stemming from a lack of leadership. He is right about that but events and trends in Latin America, particularly alliance with Iran and Hezbollah also require attention.

Huntsman favored foresight over hindsight, saying that history will tell the outcome of the “Arab spring”. He seemed to be critical of President Obama’s neglect of the Green Revolution in Iran and intervention in Libya.  He implied that we should be more deliberate. I say, that when two Islamic enemies of ours fight each other, we should be spectators, not in the corner of either.

Huntsman said that terrorism is permanent, meaning that it poses a continuing threat for the long term. Of course, he was stating the obvious.  We need to look beyond the burning trees to the burning forest;    bring on the bulldozers,

He said that the deficit hampers growth, which is true. Unfortunately, growth is the only way out of the deficit.  Wasteful spending must be stopped.

Asked about the efficacy of drone attacks in Pakistan in defeating al-Qaeda, Huntsman said that Washington is dysfunctional, that we need a Washington that works and should bring our troops home from Afghanistan. He restated the obvious about Pakistan without proposing a solution. Of course, there is no solution, short of the ultimate solution. which nobody is willing to implement.

Paul called the Patriot Act “unpatriotic”, that it exchanges liberty for security.  Paul wants to know what we’d do if a terrorist looked like Tim McVeigh.  That straw man argument must be refuted. Tim’s partner had a Filipino wife; their test bombs did not work until after the partner visited his wife and presumably met with al-Qaeda bomb makers to get technical advice.  The infamous “third terrorist” was described as looking like an Iraqi.

How many of the recent terrorists were not Muslims and either Asiatic or Arabian?  Yes, they are recruiting Caucasians, but those terrorists all have one thing in common. They are Muslims.  Profiling is not the answer.  Pat downs are not the answer. Body scanners are not the answer. Identify Muslims and exclude them from mass transit terminals & vehicles.  If you want to prevent terrorism, get the Muslims out of here, away from us.   We need a candidate and nominee who will abandon pc and state the obvious truth.  Islamic terrorism is a function  of Islamic doctrine; texts & teachings, not age, race, gender or national origin.  Allah said that he would “cast terror”. Allah said that he “cast terror”. Allah said that believers are only those who “fight in his cause”, “killing others and being killed”.  Moe said that he was made victorious with terror. Muslims get Brownie Points for “any step” taken to “injure or enrage” disbelievers.  What part of that do the candidates not comprehend?  Has any of them read the Qur’an & hadith?  Terrorism is an act of worship! If you need to obtain a clue, read the confession of Khalid Sheik Mohammed & associates.

Paul said that he would not participate in an Israeli attack on Iran’s nuke project, that we need to get out of Israel’s way, mentioning their supposed possession of nuclear armed missiles.  Who will be the first to explore the ramifications of that last bit?  Green light, anyone?  That begged for a follow up question,

`   Paul referred to the Iraq & Afghanistan as needless and unnecessary wars.  When a nation sponsors an attack that kills 3000 and does billions of dollars in property damage, retaliation is necessary to deter further attacks. Exterminating the principals who dispatched  the attackers and their support network is necessary to prevent further attacks.   Retaliating against Afghanistan & Iraq was necessary but insufficient.  Peace and security will not be established without the total elimination of the root cause of terrorism: Allah’s word and those who believe it.  Unfortunately for those who love to chant “racist, bigot, Nazi, hater, Islamophobe”, there is ample evidence to substantiate my statement of objective factual reality.  If you doubt this, obtain a clue from Allah’s perfected, immutable word: 8:12, 39,  57, 60 , 65, 9:5,29, 38, 39, 111, 120, 123, 33:26, 27, 59:2, 13, 61:10-12 & Sahih Bukhari 4.52.220 from whence issue war & terror. Reasonable and rational readers will click those links and scroll down to the successive ayat; bigots will not.  I can point a fool to wisdom but I can’t make him read.

Perry would privatize the TSA and strengthen the Patriot act. Not without a super majority of Conservatives in both houses! He says that we should remain involved with foreign aid, but not write blank checks, apparently feeling heat for suggestions of zero sum foreign aid budgets. He wants to use every possible sanction against Iran, including cutting off the central bank.  The problem is that sanctions do not work. Iran will have enough fissile material to produce a bomb within one year. Sanctions take months to implement, running us out of time without accomplishing anything.

Romney wants a slower drawdown in Afghanistan instead of a precipitous withdrawal. He wants to drag them toward modernity. He wants to prevent Afghanistan from reverting to a launching pad for terrorism.  If we stay, they bleed us to death in a war of attrition, exploiting domestic impatience.  If we leave, they return to status quo ante.  We are in this bind because Shrub needed to nuke Afghanistan but invaded instead. Romney appears to be oblivious to the fact that nothing can be accomplished while the population and government of Afghanistan remain Islamic.

Romney cites failed leadership; how about failure to submit a budget?  He says that cutting men and material weakens our defense. Kind of obvious, ain’t it?
Bachmann says that terrorists should not be Mirandized and that Obama has turned interrogation over to the ACLU.  She calls Pakistan the “epicenter of terrorism” and unstable, mentioning that there are fifteen vulnerable nuclear weapons sites.  She would continue aid but wants more return on investment; no “blank check”.

Bachmann opposes amnesty for illegal aliens and the Dream Act. She favors visas for highly skilled technicians.She agrees with Gingrich on the urgent necessity of energy independence so that we can overcome the threat of oil cut off from Iran. She says that Obama’s failed policy of appeasement has changed the course of history. She declares Iran’s promise to eradicate Israel to be real, not an idle threat.

Bachman said that Obama is giving away our victory in Iraq.  She lists al-Shebab as an emerging threat already manifesting in her state. .  .

Cain. wants to keep and improve the Patriot Act and agreed with Santorum on profiling. He would privatize the TSA. He wants to use every means possible to identify terrorists.  How do you determine which skunk will spray or which snake will bite?  You avoid all of them, don’t you?  What common association did all the recent attackers share?

Cain’s response when asked about helping Israel neutralize Iran’s nuclear bomb program was that he would join the attack if Israel had good intelligence on the locations of the facilities, a good plan, good chance of success and definition of victory. He opposes precipitous withdrawal from Afghanistan.  He wants clear goals before sending foreign aid, emphasizing priority, efficiency and results.

Cain says that we know that terrorists have entered from Mexico, so we must secure the border for real. . He says we need to reform the naturalization process and allow states to enforce immigration laws.   Cain won’t support a no fly zone over Syria. He lists EMP and cyber attacks among the emerging threats  to be contended with.

Gingrich emphasized the difference between domestic crime and terrorism, which is war. He would strengthen, not eliminate the Patriot Act. In the matter of Pakistan taking offense at our elimination of bin Ladin, Gingrich said that we should be furious about Pakistan’s hiding him.  He said that hot pursuit should be allowed, there should be no sanctuaries.  He would overhaul the CIA.  He said that Pakistan should help us or get out of the way.

Europe won’t back us on sanctioning Iran because they are dependent on Iranian oil. Gingrich would have us increase domestic production enough to replace Iran’s European exports in the case of a boycott.  He would bomb their nuclear program only as a last resort if regime change was an assured outcome.

Gingrich mentioned Chili’s social security system as a model for entitlement reform using guaranteed private accounts. Will taking  stand on the third rail wreck his candidacy, go unnoticed or serve as a springboard to the White House?

Gingrich wants to issue a green card to every foreign student  who graduates in math & science.  Did he consider the fact that many of them are Muslims who come from areas where hatred of the U.S.A. is rampant?  He should be more selective. He would the selective service board system as a model for picking the illegal aliens who should be allowed to stay on a path to citizenship. He mentioned community and church membership as criteria for selection.  He might as well stand between lanes on an expressway, he will surely be hit by both sides on this one.

`Santorum  irritated me by  proceeding Islam with “radical”, wasting a word when time is critical. the “debate” parallel press conference format does not afford time for wasted words.  “Radical” implies the existence of a :moderate”, harmless normative Islam, which does not exist and never will.  The enemy is Islam, not “radical Islam”. He mentioned the time and patience factor, that they will wait us out; that Obama is proving them right.  He said that Obama is playing politics with his policy in Afghanistan. That’s stating the obvious.

Santorum supports profiling at airports. Who needs it? Excluding all Muslims from all mass transit vehicles & terminals is the simple solution which would not subject the general public to unnecessary harassment, indignity and delay.   .

Santorum favors continuing foreign aid, particularly for development.  I agree with Santorum that Obama has poisoned the well of compromise, but I disagree that both sides should compromise more.  Appeasing and yielding to Socialists must come to an end.  Our economy needs a cure, not more poison.

November 23, 2011 Posted by | Islam, Political Correctness, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Iowa Debate: No Guts, No Glory


I missed the debate Saturday night. Monday night I found it on the web, and share the link with you. The program, which began with some introductory speeches and ceremony, runs 178 minutes of which the “debate” takes two hours.

This debate differs from the others because the questioners expressed and exercised respect for the candidates and avoided “gotcha” questions.  Civility prevailed.

There was plenty of emotion in this debate, and a great deal of deliberateness.  While issues of morality, marriage, abortion, education and health care took up most of the time, I am most interested in the final subject of the night, which begins at 158:36.

What follows is strictly an amateurish attempt at transcription.  I type very slowly, and my memory is not the best. I take in a few words, pause the video and type what I have heard before restarting the video. Due to system lag, I lose some audio in the process.   My transcription  is not perfect, but it should be good enough to give you a good idea of what transpired in the last round of answers.

The final question: “Every one of you talked about the importance of preserving life.  Nothing takes life more than the declaration of war. I would like to hear from you, because nothing frightens a mother more, than watching her son or daughter go off …Their pride in their country and their fear for their child…what is–can you define the moral justification for war? …Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria –what is the moral justification? ”

  • Rep. Paul:  The early church struggled with this, I mean, Christ came  and Christ taught about peace and Christ was to be the prince of peace and we were to defend that.  But early on in the church, struggled with this and St. Augustine came up with the principles of the just war.  I believe in and I think we should follow, from the religious viewpoint, that we have a Constitution that is very clear to guide us to try to prevent these wars and that is that we don’t go to war without a declaration .  The wars that we have fought since World War2 were all . illegal, unconstitutional and all were un-winnable and it was tragic– it was tragic, we did it by failing the rule of law and the tragedy let out of these wars the last ten years, that we have been so … added ten billion dollars to our national debt, …Americans have been killed in these wars, 44 thousand have come home wounded and crippled, hundreds of thousands are looking for help and we went to blind ourselves to this.  It is not in our national defense, it is mischief, it is getting involved where we don’t need to be involved.  I think it is an utter tragedy in  what is happening.  You wanna talk about a family life –there has to have been somebody in this audience who has been the bearer of news, either a loved one lost or a loved one crippled.  It is on and on  I had one soldier come to me the other day and he was so against the wars, he spent three or four tours over there, that he says “I lost too many buddies and I don’d know why we were there. ” And theres no signs of progress over there.  He says “now I’m losing my buddies to suicide.”  The wars destroy the family, I’m the …as does the economic climate– the bad economics  — war is the most destructive things to the family and we oughtta concentrate on it and you can’t concentrate on the economics unless we look at the business cycle, why we have inflation busts and booms  otherwise we will continue on a downhill path.
  • Rep. Bachmann I am a mother and I have made  the most difficult calls of my live which has been when servicemen and women have lost their lives in my  congressional district and I have picked up that phone and I’ve called mothers and I’ve called fathers and I have wept with them over the phone because nothing is more difficult to lose than a child.  [Luntz: “So what is the definition–the moral justification for war?”]  The moral justification for war is if the United States is attacked or we are  threatened with attack, then we have a decision that we have to make because the number one duty of the commander in chief is to secure the safety of the American people, that is the duty, and in order to do that, I have to be convinced as commander in chief that we have a clearly defined American vital interest in that area and I need to know that we have a clear mission to go forward. … have a plan and an exit strategy and we go in, I will commit overwhelming force and then we get out. Now some situations are ones where you can have special operations forces and then you have to have the tools to be able to deal with interrogation, which we don’t have now under Obama.  You have to have the capacity for detention, which we don’t have now under President Obama.   But we have to have a clearly defined interest and I think we also have to take advice from George Washington, who told us, rightly so, I’m not an isolationist,  but he said very carefully be very fearful of unnecessary foreign entanglements and if there is anything we have learned from the last twelve years, once you get in, its very difficult to get out.  So you go in wisely.
  • Cain: In the declaration where it says “endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights”,  and then it delineates three of them: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  It says that among these are those three, I happen to think that there is another that is implied: the right to protect yourself, your family and to protect your property. So the defense of freedom and the defense of liberty I believe, is the moral justification for going to war. Secondly, as commander in chief, I will not send our young men and women into war unless it is clear why –the mission and the definition of victory… And thirdly, I would not send them into war unless I would send my own and daughter.
  • Gov. Perry: As a former individual who has worn the uniform of his country, as the commander in chief of over twenty thousand troops that are my command today,in the state of Texas with our Guard, I’ve been dealing with this issue for ten years.  And clearly, when America’s interests are in jeopardy, there is a time and a place for us to intervene and intervene militarily.  But when we intervene militarily, we best make the decision of how we are going to win and how we are going to win convincingly and quickly.  Send those young men and women with the equipment to win.  Don’t let some congressman sitting in an air conditioned office  in Washington DC decide what the rules of engagement are.  Let those war fighters win the war.  Let them come home victorious.  That is what the American military man and woman is all about.  And for us to micromanage them in a civilian way without their commanders truly being in charge, is absolutely irresponsible and as commander in chief of this country I will not let it happen.
  • Santorum: Let me maybe try to drill it down to a more practical application.  We are engaged in what many people call the long war.  Americans are known to have a rather short attention span.  As we are a young country, an antique for us is a hundred years old. In the Middle East its two thousand years old. They have a very  different view of time and history.  As a result, when we are engaged in this long war, long to us is not the same as long to them.  What we are facing right now is a, again, read our history– is a thousand year conflict between radical Islam and the West that ended only because of the West’s great technical superiority that was able to defeat them and drive them back and eventually colonize the Middle East. But that changed with one three letter word: oil.  .  Oil allowed the radical elements within the Islamic world to be able to get access to technology, and now we have in the case of Iran, to drill it down even more, a radical theocracy that has been at war with us since 1979.  It has done more to kill our troops in Iraq and in Afghanistan because they are the makers of the IEDs that are killing our troops.  They’ve attacked this country on repeated occasions from the Khobar Towers to …their proxies in Beirut.  They’ve attempted the assassination of an Ambassador.  They have threatened  openly and repeatedly our closest allies.  They hold conventions in Tehran denyiug the Holocaust– in fact most of the aea of the Middle East  now believes that the Holocaust didn’t really occur so there is no justification for the state of Israel.  They are now developing a nuclear weapon. It is now apparent that they are doing so; international agencies, not necessarily the boldest group of folks have suggested that that is the case.  We have a moral obligation to partner with the state of Israel to make … to assure their survival and to make sure that this radical regime that wants to spread its virulent form of radical Islam not just throughout the Middle East but throughout the world is stopped from having the ability to do so with impunity because that’s the thing a nuclear weapon does, it gives you a nuclear shield.  It must be stopped.  I laid out a plan the other day and I know we are short of time that lists four major things that we should be doing: covert activities, sanctions, overturning the regime but also working with Israel right now to plan a military option to strike and destroy these facilities.  And let the Iranians know, that unless they open up their facilities [to inspection] and shut them down, that that is an option that will be used period.
  • Gingrich: First of all In Christian theology, there is a clear development of a concept of just war. which people like Augustine developed because they were seeing the rise of pagans that wee actually threatening the very survival of the country. In fact, Augustine is buried in Italy because hes body was taken out of North Africa when the Christians lost North Africa.  So these things become very real.  My Dad spent twenty seven years in the Army, I watched my mother through that whole period in WW2, Korea and Vietnam.  . I think what makes us different and what makes us in some ways… much more ruthless and much tougher … is we don’t send soldiers and sailors and marines and airmen to war, we send our children, we send our fathers, we send our brothers and sisters; we send our mothers and therefore there is a preciousness to this decision unlike any other country that I know.  I think our position historically …the Declaration of Independence was signed by people who were going to fight an eight year war. It was  a declaration of war in effect.  Washington was in the field eight years with one week at Mount Vernon.  These people who wrote those documents understood the grim reality.  I believe we should not go to war if we can avoid it.  And when we have to go to war we should do so decisively,  with overwhelming power to seek the quickest possible victory and we should in fact be prepared to do whatever it takes to win  when we begin an engagement.  But I think that there is no question …this is the only place where I disagree with some of my friends– you come into our country and you kill 3100 people and we will do whatever it takes to eliminate your capacity to threaten us ever again and I would be tougher and more decisive and I agree entirely with Senator Santorum–I would say to the government of Iran today: we have a very short time to solve … and you should solve it on your own or we will solve it for you and frankly, we couldn’t care less what the rest of the world thinks ; we’re gonna get it done.

In my view, Frank Luntz  probed the candidates for their views  on the morality of our invasions of Afghanistan & Iraq and our intervention in  Libya.  The answers seem to center on just war theory in general and how to bring war to a good end.

Congressman Paul mixed just enough truth into his spiel to make it attractive to the middle range of Morons.  Its a good thing that I was not in the audience, because I would have violated the decorum of the debate by booing.  The fact that wars should be declared, for good cause and with clearly stated objectives should go without saying, it is simply too obvious.  The jerk elevates my blood pressure too much.

As I was listening, Congresswoman Bachmann sounded good. As I review the transcript, I get a sense of disappointment.  When America is threatened or attack, the vital national interest is clear on the face of the matter, no divination is required.  Victory is the exit strategy.  Commitment o overwhelming force is the part I liked, lacking in Afghanistan & Iraq, along with a  sane definition of strategic objectives.

Cain made the right points about cause, clarity and mission definition.  I though his answer was brief and sensible, with just the right amount of emotion, somewhat overstated. I would have omitted the part about sending my own offspring, which would have fitted better if we still had an army of conscripts.

Gov. Perry spoke with passion and conviction, with slightly clumsy rhetoric initially.  If he brought up the issue of defining victory, I overlooked it.  Since Vietnam, the micromanagement seems to me to be Presidential, not Congressional.  President Obama instituted the suicidal rules of engagement from which our troops are currently suffering.

I wish that Santorum would drop the R word; it does not belong in discussions of national security issues.  As the wise man said “Its Islam, stupid!”.  I think that he knows it, and is pandering to the politically correct crowd.  Of course he is correct about the need to support Israel and prevent Iran’s nuclear ascension.

Like Santorum, Gingrich brought in the theological and emotional elements, adding his own historian’s perspective. The good part comes at the end when he said “whatever it takes”.

We got into this bind because, when I was too young to realize what was transpiring, we were terrified of the prospect of nuclear war with Russia & China. We therefore fought a half-assed war in Korea,  unwilling either to suffer an outright loss or exert sufficient force to win.

In Vietnam, we got in, sank in the quagmire, and escalated, once again unwilling to risk all out conflict with Ho Chi Minh’s powerful patrons.  In the end, we allowed the media to defeat us with propaganda.

President Carter began digging our grave when he gave Iran to Khomeini. His dithering while our Embassy staff sat in durance vile and his quarter-assed rescue attempt, which cost more lives,  let the enemy smell blood.

I voted for President Reagan once at least, probably twice, but memory has faded and there is a strong chance that I wrote in Jesus Christ in ’84. The Beirut fiasco caused me to demand that my Congressman introduce articles of impeachment.  In my opinion, nothing contributed more to our present situation than
Reagan’s suicidal blunder.

Sending the Marines to save Arafat’s bacon was a blunder of momentous proportions.  Arafat was an enemy and his defeat was in our short and long term national interest.  Allowing the Beirut Massacre to go unpunished signaled weakness to the enemy, a fatal error.

President Clinton dug the grave deeper and wider by affording impunity to Iran in the Khobar Towers bombing & other incidents, Mogadishu not being the least of them. Sending the Marines without the equipment they needed was a bad idea.

Shrub installed the vault and set up the straps to lower the coffin by failing to recognize and declare that which, with the benefit of hindsight, the debate participants hinted at but failed to openly express.

In view of the antagonistic media, which defeated us in Vietnam, world public opinion and the UN allied with the media and our own diminished patience for long wars, common sense dictated the use of such overwhelming force that the war would be over in a few days.  Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq & Pakistan should have disappeared from the globe in a flash of fire.  Disproportionate, overwhelming, terrifying force, signifying exhausted patience and the will to win, immediately and finally was required.

Victory is defined, in this conflict, as the extinction of Islam in the nations where the plot was conceived, assisted, expedited & celebrated.  So long as the populations of Afghanistan Iran & Pakistan are alive and Islamic, they will provoke, incite, promote and perpetuate terrorism. No other outcome is possible because of Allah’s promise and threat. Go to war; go to Paradise or go to Hell.  For extra credit, injure or enrage the enemy and get more “virgins” & wine. If you doubt this, obtain a clue from Allah’s perfected, immutable word: 8:12, 39,  57, 60 , 65, 9:5,29, 38, 39, 111, 120, 123, 33:26, 27, 59:2, 13, 61:10-12 & Sahih Bukhari 4.52.220 from whence issue war & terror.  If they believe, they will terrorize to avoid Hell and gain admission to Allah’s celestial bordello.

Truth is not hate speech. Advocacy of effective national defense is not warmongering neither is it inciting violence.  Terrorism is not the enemy, it is a tactic. Al-Qaeda is not the enemy, it is a branch of al-Ikhwan al-Muslimeen.  Al-Ikhwan al-Muslimeen is not the enemy, it is a branch of Islam.  Islam is the enemy. This is a fatal fact which the candidates for the Republican nomination seem to lack the courage to clearly state.

The strategic objective is permanently terminating Islamic terrorism against the U.S.A.  Only exterminating Islam can achieve that objective. While there is Islam, there is war.  If we eliminate Islam in those nations most directly involved, we can temporarily intimidate the remainder so that they will delay the resumption of attacks.  That would buy us some time for the vital task of inducing mass apostasy among the remainder.

So long as Afghanistan & Pakistan are populated by Muslims, they will host terrorist training camps and export terrorism.  Installing democracy does nothing to change that. Partially defeating the Taliban and al-Qaeda does nothing to change that.  Victory requires their apostasy from Islam or death. No other option exists.  They are not liberated if they are still Muslims; they remain enslaved to the demon who demands “great slaughter”.

November 22, 2011 Posted by | GWOT, Islam, Political Correctness, Politics | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Candidate Baiting


I missed the debate in Oakland because of a previous commitment. Tonight I watched it on You Tube. While Perry’s blank out is receiving most of the attention, I noticed that Santorum appears to have made a great deal of improvement compared to his performance at previous debates. I doubt that his improved presentation will move him up in the ranks, but it might set him up for the second slot on the ticket.

Gingrich seemed to be getting the audience’s attention and agreement. Too bad he has flip-flopped and has heavy baggage. He may be gaining on the second slot like Santorum.

Bachmann has the knowledge, policy and ability to articulate them, but has fallen out of the limelight; not getting the face time she deserves.  In my jaundiced view, Romney, Perry & Huntsman have one common element: shifty eyes.  To me, they appear untrustworthy.

Cain seems to cling too tightly to his 999 plan, fearing to stray far from it. But the audience appreciated his handling of the venomous questions about the harassment accusations.  It is likely that the controversy will backfire on his detractors by increasing his media attention, giving Cain more air time to explain his plan and policy positions.

Ron Paul appeared to be having a lucid moment, articulating solid economic theory; he does best when avoiding national security & foreign policy.

The thing that struck me about this debate was the apparent antagonism of the questioners. The woman in the center seemed to be shooting daggers with her eyes.  The baldy with the grey goatee appeared at one point to be suffering from a fire ant infestation in his hemorrhoids.

The tight time format with multiple candidates is not suited to major issues such as economic policy. Thirty seconds is not enough to outline an alternative to Obama Don’t Care.

I have a better idea, inspired by Jamie Glazov’s Front Page Magazine symposiums: a series of  single issue forensic debates carried out by email.  The emails would be arranged on a web page similar to Glazov’s symposiums. That would allow more deliberate and extended statements & responses and facilitate viewing by readers limited to low bandwidth dial up connections.

There is more than one way to solve the problem; the debates could be done with You Tube videos.  A Facebook group would be another alternative that could facilitate mass audience participation. It may be too late for the primary campaign, but creative minds could cook something up in time for the general election campaign next year.

November 11, 2011 Posted by | Debates, Politics | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Four Blind Fools


Most of the Republican aspirants made fools of themselves in ABC’s “debate” Saturday night.  I will quote them out of context.  To see the quotes in context, click this link to the transcript.

I’ll pick on Governor Romney first.

But we’re going to have to move our strategy from simply being a respond to military threat with military action to an effort that says we’re going to use our military and nonmilitary resources — nonmilitary resources — combined with other nations who are our friends to help move the world of Islam toward modernity and moderation.

The Governor exposes abject ignorance of Islam. As defined by its canon of scripture & tradition, Islam is intolerant, militant, violent & imperialistic.  And irreformable.

The new mission for NATO and for other nations is to help provide the rule of law, education that’s not through madrassas, agricultural and economic policies that can be instilled in various Islamic countries, so the Muslims are able to reject the extreme and the terrorists.

It is not possible to reject terrorism without rejecting Islam; terrorism is an intrinsic sacrament of the murder cult, sanctified by 3:151, commanded by 8:12 and exemplified in 33:26-27 & 59:2 and confirmed by  Bukhari 4.52.220 and  1.7.331.  Likewise, genocide is commanded in 8:67 & 47:4 and confirmed by Abu Dawud 38.4390.

We do need — I agree with what the mayor said — we need to add to our military by at least 100,000 troops. But the answer is to move now to a second phase, a phase of helping Muslims become so strong they can reject the extreme.

Strengthen our enemy and then what? They’ll attack us with renewed vigor and ability, that’s what!!  They can not reject the command to fight Jews & Christians until we are subdued and pay extortion. That command is clearly stated in 9:29 and confirmed by Bukhari 1.8.387 and 4.53.386.  Muslims can not reject Islam’s damnable doctrines without rejecting Islam!

I’d read what they write to one another. And that’s why when someone like Sayyid Qutb lays out the philosophy of radical jihadism and says, “We want to kill…”

Qutb did not invent Islamic doctrine which mandates Jihad, terror & genocide, Moe did.[Citations in previous comment.] Romney does not know this fatal fact because he has not read  Islam’s canon of scripture & tradition.  Neither has he read Islamic law, which far predates Qutb, and declares that “The Caliph makes war upon Jews and Christians.” [Reliance of the Traveler: Book O, Ch. 9, Section 8.]

The reason — why did they kill Madam Bhutto? It has nothing to do with us. This has to do with a battle that is going on within the world of Islam, of radical, violent jihadists trying to bring down all moderate Islamic people and nations and replace them with a religious caliphate.

So close, yet so far from comprehending the truth! He does not understand that Allah commands Muslims to conquer the entire world.

Next, I’ll take on Mayor Giuliani.

It seems to me, if you don’t face this squarely — there’s an Islamic, terrorism threat against us. It’s an existential threat. It has nothing to do with our foreign policy. It has to do with their ideas, their theories, the things that they have done and the way they’ve perverted their religion into a hatred of us.

But they have not perverted their religion into hatred! Islam is perpetual war, not a religion! Like Gov. Romney, the Mayor is ignorant of Islam. He does not know that Moe, speaking for Allah, commanded Muslims to make war on Pagans until only Allah is worshiped and to make war on Jews & Christians until we are subdued and pay extortion.

And what’s at stake are the things that are best about us: our freedom of religion, our freedom for women, our right to vote, our free economic system. Our foreign policy is irrelevant — totally irrelevant. If you read what they write, if you bother to listen to what they say, this comes out of their own perverted thinking.

No, Mr. Mayor, it comes directly from Islam’s canon of scripture & tradition: Qur’an & Hadith, which I have cited in a previous comment. Those ayat & ahadith are the basis of Islamic law, also previously cited. “The Caliph makes war…”  these politicians don’t get it.

It is important to make this point. Just the opposite, Ron. I have great respect for the Islamic religion. I have great respect for the Arab world, for the Middle East.

I think we should be closer to them. I think we should trade more with them. I think we should have cultural exchanges with them.

The overwhelming majority of the Islamic world…

… and on the evening of September 11, 2001, the day my city was attacked, I got on television, and I said to the people of my city, “We’re not going to engage in group blame. This is a small group of people. This does not typify a great religion and a great people.”

The mayor repeated one lie twice “I think”.  A thinking man would not make the statements to which I added bold face.

Next, Congressman Paul.

Let me try to explain so you can understand this better.Try to visualize how we would react if they did that to us, if a country, say China, came that great distance across the ocean, and they say, “We want you to live like us. We want you to have our economic system. We want bases on your land. We want to protect our oil.”

Even if we do that with good intentions — even if the Chinese did that with good intentions, we would all be together and we’d be furious.

Blame America first, unaware of Allah’s demonic commands; unaware of Moe’s 86 conquests, unaware of the conquest of Yemen, Syria, North Africa, Greece, Spain, Turkey, Albania & India, all of which  preceded the discovery & pumping of oil in the region.

There’s always a radical element in almost all religions. They have to have an incentive. We give them that incentive. The question that you don’t — aren’t willing to ask is, why is it that they attack America? I mean, they don’t attack the Canadians. They don’t attack the Swiss. If it were merely because they wanted to go into Europe, why do they…

Blame America first. Radical element? Show me where in the Gospels & Book of Acts Jesus commands his disciples to make war. Show me where he leads them into battle. Show me where he commands them to engage in  genocide and  terrify their victims.  Religion is defined by the rule–divine command–not the violation thereof.

You paint all Islamics…  … the same way, and this is a dangerous thing… What you’re doing is damaging our relationship by destroying our relationship with all Muslims. That’s what you’re doing.

Our relationship to Muslims is prey: predator.  Remember, Moe declared open season. You don’t remember, Congressman? No, because, as a damned fool, you spout off without knowledge; you never read Islam’s scripture & tradition.  You are ignorant of these fatal facts: Allah’s command & Moe’s confirmation.

  • 9:29 Fight against those who (1) believe not in Allâh, (2) nor in the Last Day, (3) nor forbid that which has been forbidden by Allâh and His Messenger (4) and those who acknowledge not the religion of truth (i.e. Islâm) among the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians), until they pay the Jizyah with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.
  • “I have been ordered to fight the people till they say: ‘None has the right to be worshipped but Allah.’ And if they say so, pray like our prayers, face our Qibla and slaughter as we slaughter, then their blood and property will be sacred to us and we will not interfere with them except legally and their reckoning will be with Allah.Bukhari 1.8.387
  • Our Prophet, the Messenger of our Lord, has ordered us to fight you till you worship Allah Alone or give Jizya (i.e. tribute); and our Prophet has informed us that our Lord says:– “Whoever amongst us is killed (i.e. martyred), shall go to Paradise to lead such a luxurious life as he has never seen, and whoever amongst us remain alive, shall become your master.”… Bukhari 4.53.386

Next, Gov Huckabee.:

The fact is when there is a serious threat to this country, it is not a threat because we happen to be peace-loving people. It’s a threat because in the heart of the radical Islamic faith — not all Islam, and that’s what’s very important.

Radical Islamic faith? Not all Islam? Another damned fool pontificating from the pedestal of ignorance.  Jihad, genocide & terror are standard Islam, recited and exemplified by Moe; they are not exceptional.

This isn’t an Islamic problem. This is a jihadist problem. This is an Islamo-fascism problem.

And if you read the writings of those who most influenced — and Governor Romney mentioned Sayyid Qutb, executed in Egypt in 1966. He is one of the major philosophers behind this.

And the fact is, there is nothing about our attacking them that prompts this. They are prompted by the fact they believe that they must establish a worldwide caliphate that has nothing to do with us other than we live and breathe and their intention is to destroy us.

Why won’t you read the writings of the founder of Islam, Governor? Because you haven’t read the Qur’an & Hadith, you are abysmally ignorant of Islam and mislead those you seek to govern.

These are the blind leading the blind; no more worthy or well qualified to lead this nation than the Democrat aspirants. I will cast my vote for Fred Thompson.  If one of the others is nominated, I will do another write in.

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