Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Welcome to 2010 - It's War, Not a Crime Spree

Welcome to 2010. A year of Congressional races and comeupances; of the storm that is Sarah Palin, and the blooming of the Tea Party movement.

The LOTUS kicks off the year with a scolding for President Obama:

It’s War, not a Crime Spree -

President Obama’s meeting with his top national security advisers does nothing to change the fact that his fundamental approach to terrorism is fatally flawed. We are at war with radical Islamic extremists and treating this threat as a law enforcement issue is dangerous for our nation’s security. That’s what happened in the 1990s and we saw the result on September 11, 2001.

This is a war on terror not an “overseas contingency operation.” Acts of terrorism are just that, not “man caused disasters.” The system did not work. Abdulmutallab was a child of privilege radicalized and trained by organized jihadists, not an “isolated extremist” who traveled to a land of “crushing poverty.” He is an enemy of the United States, not just another criminal defendant.

It simply makes no sense to treat an al Qaeda-trained operative willing to die in the course of massacring hundreds of people as a common criminal. Reports indicate that Abdulmutallab stated there were many more like him in Yemen but that he stopped talking once he was read his Miranda rights. President Obama’s advisers lamely claim Abdulmutallab might be willing to agree to a plea bargain – pretty doubtful you can cut a deal with a suicide bomber.

John Brennan, the President’s top counterterrorism adviser, bizarrely claimed “there are no downsides or upsides” to treating terrorists as enemy combatants. That is absurd. There is a very serious downside to treating them as criminals: terrorists invoke their “right” to remain silent and stop talking. Terrorists don’t tell us where they were trained, what they were trained in, who they were trained by, and who they were trained with.

Giving foreign-born, foreign-trained terrorists the right to remain silent does nothing to keep Americans safe from terrorist threats. It only gives our enemies access to courtrooms where they can publicly grandstand, and to defense attorneys who can manipulate the legal process to gain access to classified information.

President Obama was right to change his policy and decide to send no more detainees to Yemen where they can be free to rejoin their war on America. Now he must back off his reckless plan to close Guantanamo, begin treating terrorists as wartime enemies not suspects alleged to have committed crimes, and recognize that the real nature of the terrorist threat requires a commander-in-chief, not a constitutional law professor.

- Sarah Palin

It's even better when Tammy Bruce reads it:

I do believe that I am grinning from ear to ear:)

I apologize for being distracted lately by the Bristol/Levi custody battle and other things. When nothing's going on I tend to track down the rabbit trails. But the lull is finally over, and the two sides now reengage. As far as the custody issue is concerned, I leave it to the court. Leaving Levi's publicity seeking aside, it might actually be better for Sarah if Levi is successful in obtaining joint custody. We'll address the fallout as those issues arise.

Leaving all of that sideline stuff on the sidelines, we press forward into a new year and onto a new front. Among other things, Obama is missing the Iranian Revolution; he is saying "now you stop that now" to the terrorists before retreating back to his golf course to suck his thumb. It is time to take this country back. It is time for some courage. It is time to remind ourselves who we are.

No more hangover from the 2008 election - this is a new year; a new war; a new beginning. And we are going to be led into battle by a general who has spent the last year and half learning how to weather the storm. Thank you, libs for providing the boot camp.

I don't know about you, but I feel good:)

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