The Worst Decision by a US President in History – by David Horowitz

David Horowitz was one of the founders of the New Left in the 1960s and an editor of its largest magazine, Ramparts. He is the author, with Peter Collier, of three best selling dynastic biographies: The Rockefellers: An American Dynasty (1976); The Kennedys: An American Dream (1984); and The Fords: An American Epic (1987). Looking back in anger at their days in the New Left, he and Collier wrote Destructive Generation (1989), a chronicle of their second thoughts about the 60s that has been compared to Whittaker Chambers’ Witness and other classic works documenting a break from totalitarianism. Horowitz examined this subject more closely in Radical Son (1996), a memoir tracing his odyssey from “red-diaper baby” to conservative activist that George Gilder described as “the first great autobiography of his generation.” His latest book is Take No Prisoners: The Battle Plan for Defeating the Left (Regnery Publishing).

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The Obama administration has taken a giant step in its march to throw in the towel  in the war against radical Islam. On FoxNews this morning, Peter King said of the decision to try the soldiers of al-Qaeda — who by their own account have no country but their cause — as civilians

“may be the worst decision by a U.S. president in history.”

It certainly is. It sends a signal to terrorists everywhere to attack civilians.

The administration is justifying its decisions on the grounds that because the 9/11 attackers targeted civilians they should be tried as civilians. This makes no sense unless you are a Democrat who believes that the “holy war” that Islamic jihadists have formally declared on us is no different from the acts of isolated individuals who have decided to break the law. This is the approach to the war on terror that John Kerry championed in 2004. Now that Americans have had the poor judgment — the suicidally poor judgment — to make a leftist their president, this is the strategy our nation is set to pursue.

The decision to try the jihadists in a civilian court is also a decision which will divulge America’s security secrets to the enemy since civilian courts afford defendants the right of discovery. It is also a propaganda gift to Islamic murderers who will turn the courtroom into a media circus to promote their hatred against the Great Satan — a hatred shared by their apologists at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the pro-Castro Center for Constitutional Rights who have pioneered the campaign against Guantanamo and whose influence in the Obama Administration is pervasive. (BTW, The newly appointed lawyer for the president is the husband of Obama’s recently departed Maoist communications director Anita Dunn.)

Finally, this move continues and enlarges the refusal of the President and the American Left to recognize that:

  1. We are in a war that has been declared on us — in which we, in other words, are the victims.
  2. That the war is conducted by religious armies whose war is inspired by their reading of the Koran.
  3. That the number of Muslims who support their war plan is in the tens of millions
  4. That they are aided and abetted by many Islamic governments and by the international Left.

  • CowboyUp

    Lol, that was the GOP Congress, and they had to drag wild bill along kicking and screaming, he never offered a balanced budget. He didn't think a balanced budget was possible (and it wouldn't have been if he had anything to do with it) until 2002 at the earliest, two years after he was gone, and $240+ billion a year in deficits 'til then. That's like wild bill taking or getting credit for welfare reform. It's hilarious if you remember what he and they said at the time. I feel bad for you that you can't.

  • CowboyUp

    Perfect.

  • bushlikesdick12

    Military courts are not kangaroo courts — they are designed for trying criminal acts within the military and crime acts commited by captured criminals within the adversary.

    The problem is there isn't a particular adversary we can group as the enemy and to imply that the religion of Islam is the enemy is stupid.

    Religeous fanatics such as people like you are at war with Islam not the U.S. Govt.

    Even Bush couldn't state that because it isn't true to the slightest.

    On your emotional level regarding spitting on the pride of a soilder that is the farthest from the truth as possible.

    It is an honor to be able to burn our flag. The day that we see people thrown in jail for burning our flag is the day we become like a communist state.

    Saying that, when our fireman become symbols of courage and we put them in such high regard that their opionions become higher than the rest of us, then we are no longer a dignified democracy.

    Soilders, many of them are not even U.S. Citizens, are not above firemen.

    What one particular soilder feels about being spitted on may be soup of honor to the next.

    As we see with the case with Senator Kerry — many vets dissagree with him throwing his medals away in protest — many are honored that they have fought to maintian his right to do so just like burning the flag

    The oxymoron here is you

    You claim to represent freedom but you spit on it when you think that we are spitting on certian soilders by practicing the freedoms that have been protected by us by the blood shedded from these soilders.

    You want to dictate that?

    You are very small

  • Lary9

    I agree with whatever bushlikesdick12 (why12?) says. Plus Rudi is so transparently and ravenously ambitious he makes Sara Palin look like a Sister of Charity.

  • Lary9

    Nevermind on the “(why 12?)”'. It just dawned on me.

  • KingofNorway

    Hey people. We have a lot more to be concerned about than a few jerks in turbins.

    http://www.examiner.com/x-27672-Portland-Politi

  • CowboyUp

    I grew up in Atlanta under Jackson, Campbell, etc…, yea, I know all about corrupt big city governments. The fact is, even though he is further left than I care for, Mayor G cleaned the place up more than anybody thought was possible, brought in more business and tourism, and improved city services. D*mn him, we could, an NYC has done far worse before and since. The old personal life attacks and his being far to the left of most of America are the only way to go with him.

  • CowboyUp

    Nonsense, they want almost any exposure they can get, other than them wussing out under light interrogation, or them being desecrated, humiliated, and dying slowly and painfully..

    There is nothing you could show about the 9/11 attack they don't want shown. It's a basic fact of terrorism, taught in the Warsaw Pact camps most of the pros were originally trained in. To fight it, you don't give their attacks publicity, even the carnage, you don't show people panicking over them, you don't give the terrorists or their cause legitimacy, you don't publicize the groups' demands, manifesto, or members (beyond recognition), you don't let it be known how they were caught, and you don't give them status they don't rate under the laws of war (which they are illegally waging), much less civil law. Simultaneously, you hunt them down and kill them any way you can. That's sound, long established, successful counter-terrorism, when it's followed.

    The Israelis wrote much of the book on it, though they don't always follow it themselves, and like anyone else, they pay for it when they don't. When educating yourself on the subject (I'll be doing so myself 'til the day I die), when you read counter-terrorism books that mention those points, pay attention. Counter-insurgency is nothing new either, though it must often be relearned as well. You're smart enough to learn, take the time to do so.

  • CowboyUp

    q lost big in Iraq, and it was logically the best place to engage them, and they obliged by putting so much into it. They got a humiliating public *ss whipping by us and the Iraqis, who also publicly rejected them. The terrorist enemy that posed the main threat in Iraq was always the mad mullahs. They have the resources and were training, arming, and infiltrating anybody on any side that would fight against the coalition and Iraqi government. Irrefutable proof of that (along with President Bush's resolve and the overall exemplary behavior of the coalition and brutality of the terrorists), was key in turning the tribes and government against the 'insurgency'.

    I get your idea, it's just wrong.

  • bushlikesdick12

    Then just between you and me, you should know when you are being punked!

    lol!!!!

  • KingofNorway

    “From the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.”

  • LucyQ

    Who is them, all 1.2 billion Muslims? I was under the impression we are trying to get and kill bin laden and al qaeda. If you want to kill all Muslims, you had better find at least one political party in the US who wants to send our young soldiers into all 78 Islamic nations to do your bidding.

    As of now, there isn't one party including independent ones that agrees with your foolish, unrealistic fantasy. You're sounding more and more like a Muslim, Cowboy. That's anything but a compliment.

  • bushlikesdick12

    Sniper,

    I have came to the conclusion that you are not only USMCSniper but that Vietnam Vet that pops up when you're not here, and that fat Dick (retired USMC) that showed up only once to scold me for calling you for what you are and now it appears you are this Jack Hampton asswipe.

    So far 4 people like this comment but me and one other have responded to your comment.

    You have a lot of unknown friends out here with a strange sense of good and bad:

    Your comment — the jury pool must include a cross section of the populaton — and — the selection process must not exclude or intentionally narrow any particular group.

    I find it strange that that many people on this website would agree with that especially when this website targets conservative Jews and Christians that seem to have a problem with everyone but themselves and finds it unAmerican to be otherwise.

    The O.J. trial was moved from Santa Monica to downtown L.A. because O.J's attorney was a lot smarter than the DA and knew he would have a substantial ratio of black jurors to select from — based on the defense case, that showed to be critical especially best known the racial background of detective Mark Fuhrman.

    'Where in NY could they possibly hold a trail to get an unsubstantiated amount fanatical Muslims to give the defendant an advantage?

    You are assuming that American Muslims will be bias.

    Do you have any historical evidence of this happening in the past in the U.S.?

    Or are you just making a gross bias remark — Sniper/Vietnam Vet/Mama's retired Marine Vet/ Jack-off?

  • CowboyUp

    Not all 1.2 billion muslims, but not just aq either. The terrorist 'family' is much wider than one or two groups or governments, though you could eliminate most of it by taking down five or six terrorist sponsoring governments.

    Yours is the foolish unrealistic fantasy of one or the other. We certainly could kill over 95% of the muslims without putting a boot on the ground, but that's not neccessary, and never has been. But millions of American and Israeli, along with your 1.2 billion muslim lives depend on them believing it. It's stupid to even court such a possibility.

    If you think the terrorists or their sponsors will show the same hesitation with employing WMD, you're in for a rude surprise.

  • CowboyUp

    Who's talking about Americans sympathizing with terrorists? I'm talking about basic counter-terrorism and avoiding a real bloodbath.

    The nazis and bushido were tried by a military tribunal after the war ended, and further resistance by nazi sympathizers was somewhere between uselessly suicidal and impossible. You're putting the ox in front of the cart, while playing into the terrorists' game, and helping keep the ones we haven't caught out there plotting and killing.

    For God's sake learn more about terrorism and counter-terrorism, and a little more detailed general history wouldn't hurt either. I've got to hit the hay, I hope some of this got through or at least piques your curiosity enough to go somewhere where it will and learn it.

    Oh yea, you can see the same basic mentality at work (and some the same procedures to counter it) with these domestic nuts that leave a manifesto and then go out and kill a bunch of people to get it and themselves publicized. The AJC, my local paper, gave one of those nuts his own section. And they wonder why this sh*t happens so much?

  • CowboyUp

    Thanks Jack, I just saw that. He is forevermore likesdick12.

  • CowboyUp

    I heard similar stories from my friends and family still in during the clinton years. I'm still ticked at the GOP for just letting much it happen in the '90s.

    People should have looked at the mess jimmy crack carter (I like that, I'm passin' it on to my fellow Georgians who'll probably pick it up as well) made of Georgia before they voted for him for President. I was embarrassed by how many Georgians who wouldn't vote for him again for Governor, voted for him for President. For them I can't even apologise.

  • CowboyUp

    Oh please, hiding behind our freedoms to destroy them is old
    hat. I'm not salutin' that red flag.

    Who's talking about Americans sympathizing with terrorists? I'm talking about basic counter-terrorism and avoiding a real bloodbath.

    The nazis and bushido were tried by a military tribunal after the war ended, and further resistance by nazi sympathizers was somewhere between uselessly suicidal and impossible. You're putting the ox in front of the cart, while playing into the terrorists' game, and helping keep the ones we haven't caught out there plotting and killing.

    For God's sake learn more about terrorism and counter-terrorism, and a little more detailed general history wouldn't hurt either. I've got to hit the hay, I hope some of this got through or at least piques your curiosity enough to go somewhere where it will and learn it.

    Oh yea, you can see the same mentality at work (and some the same procedures to counter it) with these nuts that leave a manifesto and then kill a bunch of people to get it and themselves publicized.

    “they are designed for trying criminal acts within the military and crime acts committed by captured criminals within the adversary” – can you clean that up or expand it? I'm not sure what you are trying to say there, you seem to be agreeing with me.

    Yea, I'm small, but a stick of dynamite is only 8″ tall.

  • Lary9

    Cowboy~ First time I've heard anybody suggest that al Q got their butts
    whipped in Iraq.

  • jackhampton

    coyote3
    The sad thing is this pathetic probably a convict really believe this crap. But he does know how to say MF really well. To bade some local agency can't nail him with 287G and send him back his phony intellect and all and his baby daddy.

  • jackhampton

    Lucy
    Number one the US military does not target innocent women and children not even innocent men. My God gave me the intellect and ability to defend my self and my family from a murderous death cult. These are the people that target innocents like they do on the buses and pizza shops and weddings in Israel or like they did on 9/11. It is the death cult muslims that is bombing the innocent intentionally. We have the right to self defense. I do not know if you have children or ever hope to but rest assured you are to a great degree safe compared to most of the world because men of courage and principal do what you do not have the courage to do. Wake up

  • jackhampton

    Lary9
    Yes I have heard plenty of 7.62 from AK's also plenty of 122's and B40's also RPG's as matter of fact they almost killed me along the Laotian border on my second tour in 1971. I was in a little dust up then called Lam Son 719. Also at places like Dong Ha Vandergrift. My home base was Camp Eagle but I was seldom there. I never saw a bowling ally but I saw the hospital in Japan and Ft. Campbell KY. What did you see?

  • CowboyUp

    You haven't been watching and listening, or you need to broaden your sources..

  • jackhampton

    Lary9
    You are missing the point if you had any military training you would know that the Geneva convention does not apply to ununiformed illegal combatants nor are we required by or criminal laws or US Code to bring them to a federal court of any kind by doing so gives them exactly what they want a platform to spew more propaganda for the whole world. It also places the people of New York in extreme danger. You are wrong about Bush doing what Al Queda wanted. They have lost most of there best and able in Iraq they are almost a non story there now.You very seldom hear anything about it at all. You also have the wrong impression you have it ass backwards but let me assure you the 11B's in Afganistan understand and there are fewer and fewer prisoners. They know next some moron will come up with the idea to let these scum file civil lawsuits. This is simply the absolute dumbest damn thing that any president has ever done.This after the imbicile supported and voted for the law that allowed these killers to be tried in a military tribunal. But the deaths that occur from terrorist attack over this stupidty will place the blood right on his hands and those that supported this.

  • jackhampton

    Cowboy
    I remember the SOB said it would take 10 years then the GOP won the Congress and balanced it. He also was forced to sign welfare reform stating when he did we will fix it after the election. People the ilk of Dickliker are brain dead and do not have a clue about facts.

  • jackhampton

    Likdicks
    You smoked to much crack. I was Army an 11B I do not know but one sniper in the military and he passed away last year. You are not worth the skin off of this mans genitals. I would wager there is not a roll of tin foil left with in a 50 mile radius of your domicile which is probably the YMCA. Now hit that crack pipe again prison punk lololol.

  • CowboyUp

    I guess they figure nobody's paying attention or have a memory span longer than a week. I guess most don't, because they've been pretty much getting away with it all my life. The info age is making it more difficult for them.

  • LucyQ

    I'm not in for a rude surprise because I don't equivocate citizens of the US with terrorists, period. The main difference between Israel and the US is that Israel lives in the ME.

    Israel's issue is self-defense even though the Bush team and the GOP are trying to destroy her. Obama and some of the Dems are trying to destroy Israel, too.

    You are sounding more and more like a Muslim because anyone who doesn't agree with your extreme views is an enemy of yours. That's as extreme as a Jihadi.

    When our wars are over and the truth comes out about how many innocent children, women (including pregnant ones) and men we intentionally killed, you're in for a rude surprise.

    G-d and rabbi Christo would agree with me, not you. Allah and Muhammed would agree with you.

  • LucyQ

    Do you have any idea how many innocent children, women and men we have intentionally killed in Iraq and Afghanistan because 19 dead Muslims did 911? Do you even have a ballpark figure? Do you even care what the number is?

  • jackhampton

    LucyQ
    Nuts.

  • jackhampton

    Lucy
    I will assure you I have a lot more of an idea than the prop-aganda you have swollowed because I have fought in war and have some understanding. I know GI's You have drank the bull crap koolaid. We have American military that die avoiding civilian deaths while the muslims do not give a damn. You might run that nonsense on someone that does not know better I do.

  • CowboyUp

    God would agree with what? That killing a couple hundred thousand mortal enemies now is worse than ignoring them until that number increases exponentially and includes millions of our own? Right.

    First you imagined I want to kill all muslims, now anybody that disagrees with my extreme views (the ones you're pulling out of thin air ARE extreme, but they're not mine) is an enemy? I think you're confused.

  • CowboyUp

    Perfect.

    I could have saved time and reduced my post to one word.

  • CowboyUp

    What a stud. I'm quakin', am I hid well?

  • LucyQ

    You should read Phyllis Chesler's article today. She describes you perfectly. How many handles are you using? I'm glad I don't live in utter fear every moment and total, self-absorbed anger at everyone who doesn't agree with me. Echoes bore me.

  • LucyQ

    I knew you didn't have a clue as to the number we intentionally killed including dropping hundreds of thousands of bombs down the fireplaces of innocent Iraqi families. I don't blame our military; I blame the total idiots we elect as leaders, who give our military their orders. I blame Reagan for giving nukes to Pakistan as well as arming and training bin laden, al qaeda and Hussein. Stop pretending you care how many innocents we kill.

  • jackhampton

    LucyQ
    I do not wish to be unkind but “I knew you didn't have a clue as to the number we intentionally killed including dropping hundreds of thousands of bombs down the fireplaces of innocent Iraqi families” Hundreds of thousands of bombs down fireplaces? This comments is absolute proof that you are an idiot and do not have a clue that is an insane comment and proves that nothing else you say is worthy of consideration. I truly hope you are on dope because the alternative is that you are crazy as an outhouse rat.

  • jackhampton

    Cowboy Up
    I believe the convict spent so much time in the joint he abused himself to the point he had to be institutionalized. Poor soul probably flogged himself blind.

  • CowboyUp

    Go back to your fantasy world, you are obviously confusing me with someone else, because you are attributing things to me that I haven’t said, so I must have multiple handles to justify your confusion. The only two handles I've ever used anywhere are Rifleman and CowboyUp, though there are others posting on my handle elsewhere.

    I am somehow full of all sorts of hatred, self-absorbed anger, fear, and desire for mass murder, because I think the lives 3000 murdered American men, women, and children are reason enough to end islamic terrorism as a threat to the USA or anyone else, before they kill any more Americans. That fool chesler is probably half your problem, I see she’s learned nothing in 40 years.

    All the shrinks in Vienna couldn’t come up with an effective answer to a nazi boot against their door, or a nazi rifle butt against their head. America had the answer, good thing you and phyllis weren’t around to stop us.

  • bushlikesdick12

    Hey jack-off Speaking of crack, you should contact the guiness world record for having the most crack between your butt checks ever.I'm proud of you today Jack-off. Sense I was addressing Sniper (and apparantly not you), then you are fully aware that there is currently only one jack-off on this website. Unless your mama pointed that out to you, I underestimated your level of intellect.Which brings me to my next subject:Why is it that all you can do is hurl insults and talk about yourself?Please notice the level of my dialogue includes the subject of the article at hand as well as citations from reliable sources along with my critical perspective and valid conclusions.You, on the other hand, just seem to make unsubstantiated claims with smartass rhetoric. could you tell me approx. where you live?

  • Lary9

    Good, Jack. Vets are vets and if we were enlisted in '66-'70 and paying
    attention, we all saw plenty. Mind if I ask what your hospital stay was
    for. I've been at the VA in Jersey rehabing young Iraqi vets since I
    retired in 2003.

  • Lary9

    jhampton~
    I understand your points. Incidentally, I never mentioned the Geneva
    Conventions. But you're wrong about precedent. We are required by the
    Constitution. Let's remember we weren't in Iraq or Afghanistan when these
    civilians from an al Qaeda cell in Hamburg, Germany committed homicide on
    over 3,000 Americans. The fact that the detainees are in Gitmo came after
    the fact. Look I hear you, but I still the public venue in spite of today's
    public numbers–76% prefer a military venue. As to your claim that NYC will
    be put in harm's way to greater extent, I disagree. They weren't
    even holding anything remotely like a trial when al Qaeda hit them in '93
    and again on 9/11 in 2001. NYC is already in their cross hairs; just like
    London, Madrid and Mumbai were. I'd rather be on the alert and know why and
    then have my 'eyes-on-principals' during the proceedings. It's won't matter
    in the end, when someone pulls switch or the plunger.

  • LucyQ

    War is horrible and brutish and that's why it should always be the last option, not the first. In war, innocents are killed and are usually the target.

    Do you think we only killed the Nazi and Japanese leaders? Is that why we firebombed Dresden and dropped nukes on Japan? This is what we do in war so grow up.

    My five year old son is more mature than you are. He knows all wars are horrible but sometimes necessary.

    Just what do you think the military term, “softening up,” means?

  • LucyQ

    When in doubt, go to the leftwing favorite-the Nazis. You ran out of ammunition a long time ago, Cowboy. You're the one in favor of the right/leftwing plan, to build new nations from the old ones for the terrorists…..nation-building.

    Now I understand why you obviously have no love life and 'real' friends where you live….you're it's my way or the highway abusive tone drives people away from you.

    When you were Rifleman, you were easy going and quite likable.

    In the meantime, we still need oil from the terrorists and will need even more oil from them to continue to invade their nations because 19 dead Muslims did 911.

  • bushlikesdick12

    The idea that no gentleman ever swears is all wrong. He can swear and still be a gentleman if he does it in a nice and benevolent and affectionate way. – Mark Twain

    I personally think we developed language because of our deep inner need to complain. ~ Jane Wagner

  • bushlikesdick12

    Dear God, There's something I wanted to ask you… what was all that thundering and lightening about last night ?~ Dennis the Menace

  • jackhampton

    Shrapnal from an RPG round and and gunshot wound to left thigh. Perforated ear drums from concussion and some how not sure to this day how but my left little toe.

  • bushlikesdick12

    Your accusation that congress passes laws that are unconstitutional only when that don't benefit your personal preference.

    i.e. you don't think the patriot act is unconstitutional because they are not spying on per say but anyone who may have a hostile attitude towards our governments policy.

    When the people feel an act is unconstitutional, we will vote in members of congress and a president that will agree with us and will nominate judges that share our expectations.

    You are starting to wittness this today!!

    The Patriot Act was created and renewed under the previous administration.

    Sense this has happened, we fired the promoters of this bill along with the Chief executive that signed it into law.

    So now that your favorite people are not running this country, all of sudden we are unconstitutional.

    Sorry to have tell you that the constitution in a democracy is only as good as the people who participate in it.

  • jackhampton

    The precedent is already there for military tribunals. Franklin Rossvelt set that stage. There presence in New York will make the place an even bigger target to tempting to pass up. Every damned expert on these killers all say the same thing this is simply the dumbest thing that has ever been done. Also military tribunals are very principaled. They are not some kangaroo court but ran with great deliberation and strict rules of evidence.

  • bushlikesdick12

    On paper, Bush and Ashcroft wield absolute dictatorship powers that can place Americans in jail without charges, for an indefinite period of time, without that guarantee of one phone call, without the guarantee of a lawyer, and without their loved ones knowing where they are and if they are all right. This is the stuff of which dictatorships are made and sustained! This is the terror wielded by the Kings of Britain and Europe over 200 years ago, from which our Founding Fathers fled, and against which they labored mightily to erect a government that could never, ever do this to American citizens.

    The USA Patriot Act gives Bush-Ashcroft exactly these type of dictatorial powers. However, most Americans have turned a deaf ear to our protestations, because they believe these dictatorial powers will only be used against those nasty Arabs following Osama bin Laden; most Americans steadfastly refuse to believe these powers would ever be turned against American citizens who had absolutely nothing to do with terror, or with Osama bin Laden, or with any criminal behavior.