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Lindsey Graham Makes The Case For Strike On Iran


Angry Lindsey GrahamLadies and Gentlemen, I give you Lindsey Graham: the new face of tyranny.

I wonder how many new terrorists he recruited with his arrogance and big mouth, and how someone with no apparent understanding of the significance of international diplomacy as a major contributor to national security got placed on the committee overseeing the department of homeland security.

Invading Iran was pushed to the edge of the table when Bush used their help to invade Afghanistan. He removed it from the table completely when he decided to invade Iraq instead. President Obama has strengthened the embargo against Iran, but a statement like this from a sitting US Senator could seriously undermine that. It certainly knocks our moral superiority down a peg or two.

Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

November 11, 2010 Posted by | Common Defense, Foreign Relations, National Defense | , , , | Leave a comment

Afghan War’s 9th Anniversary: U.S. Nears Decade Of Fighting


Anniversaries should be for wars of the past, not of the present. The very word “anniversary” proclaims that this war should be over, and has fallen into a special class, like the “cold war” or “war on drugs” or the “war on crime“, a class of war with no well-defined goal.

This is not a “capture the flag” or “king of the hill” scenario. This war cannot be won by capturing a specific place or person, it is a physical manifestation of an ideological war. The path to success in Afghanistan lies even more in the social landscape than the physical.

This war could have been won early, but it was largely abandoned in favor of the side-trip in to Iraq. This bought time for the corruption to work it’s way back in. It bought time for the Taliban to regroup and rebuild. It bought time for doubt and distrust to grow.

Success now is 10 times harder than it would have been 7 years ago. Years of mismanagement and apathy may have left the Democrats with an unwinable war. That is not certain. What is certain is that this is not the war that we started nearly a decade ago. The landscape has changed over the years. The war has morphed into a whole new set of problems.

Pakistan is breaking down, Iran is outwardly defiant but inwardly fractious. Turkey is irritated with us.

The goal is a moving target subject to cultural dynamics.
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

October 7, 2010 Posted by | Common Defense, Foreign Relations, Government | , | Leave a comment

INTERPOL: Quran Burning Would Increase Global Terror Threat (1)


Ooo, right out of the fear-monger’s handbook.

Interpol does not do field work. It is an information clearinghouse and facilitator. Law enforcement is done by local agencies under local laws. Period.

Interpol is accountable to US law. Executive Order 13524 adds some standard exemptions from those laws. The new protections can be revoked, as they were granted, with the stroke of a pen.

When Reagan first recognized Interpol, they had no personnel stationed on United States soil. Information we shared with them was held in a foreign country, outside our jurisdiction. That changed when they opened an office at the United Nations. The new change effectively restores the same protections that INTERPOL had to begin with, nothing more. There has been no expansion of Interpol authority or surrender of US sovereignty.

“The new order does not enable or authorize INTERPOL or its officials to conduct searches or seizures, make arrests or take any other law enforcement actions in the United States.”

INTERPOL is limited to working through the Department of Justice.

This change simply protects the Interpol personnel, and the information we choose to share with them, and the information they have acquired from other countries and keep on United States soil, from further prying. If you want to know what was shared, then FOIA the DoJ. Odds are they will not share information in an ongoing investigation either. It’s just that now you can’t go around them by attacking Interpol clerks.

As INTERPOL has no investigative or enforcement authority in the United States, the Fourth Amendment is not applicable.

More on Terrorism
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September 10, 2010 Posted by | Administration, Crime, Foreign Relations | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

3rd Mexican Mayor In A Month Slain By Hit Men


The Merida Initiative, a U.S. Counter-Narcotic...

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The Mexican government is in a tight corner. They cannot fight the cartels on their own, and they cannot maintain their sovereignty if they allow in all the help they need. The main market for the drugs is not in their country, so they cannot do anything to undermine demand in a meaningful way. They can’t even cut off the gun supply.

Like it or not, we are the source of their problems, and we have not done all we could to kill off the drug trade or gun running or money laundering.
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

September 9, 2010 Posted by | Crime, Foreign Relations | , , , | Leave a comment

   

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