Obama’s Tortured Rendezvous With Reality – by Jamie Glazov

Jamie Glazov is Frontpage Magazine's editor. He holds a Ph.D. in History with a specialty in Russian, U.S. and Canadian foreign policy. He is the author of the critically acclaimed and best-selling, United in Hate: The Left’s Romance with Tyranny and Terror. His new book is High Noon For America. He is the host of Frontpage’s television show, The Glazov Gang, and he can be reached at jamieglazov11@gmail.com. Visit his site at JamieGlazov.com.


APTOPIX Obama

Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Victor Davis Hanson, a classicist and historian at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. He is a columnist for National Review and a recipient of the 2007 National Humanities Medal.

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FP: Victor Davis Hanson, welcome to Frontpage Interview.

First things first, let me ask you this.

If our government was serious about fighting Islamic terrorism and saving lives, wouldn’t Abdul Mutallab be getting water-boarded just about now?

We know that the use of “enhanced techniques” of interrogation on al-Qaeda leader Khalid Sheik Mohammed – which included waterboarding – forced KSM to give up crucial information that ended up preventing countless terrorist attacks and saving an infinite amount of innocent lives. It allowed, for instance, the U.S. to capture key al- Qaeda terrorists and to thwart a planned 9/11-style attack on Los Angeles.

But now, thanks to the Obama administration and its approach to the terror war, Abdul Mutallab will probably be getting a lawyer and not have to say anything. This, naturally, drastically increases, rather than minimizes, the possibilities of a future terror attack on our soil and against our citizens.

Your thoughts?

Hanson: I don’t think right now the question is over interrogation techniques, but rather not giving this foreign national would-be mass murderer full rights, as if he were a common criminal rather than a non-uniformed soldier at war.

Mutallab apparently, has been happy to tell all he knows without even being interrogated formally, which makes the entire foiled attack even more absurd: a Nigerian radical Muslim buys with cash a one-way ticket, carries no check-in luggage, was previously reported by his own father as a threat to America, and boards a plane to America after previous stays in Yemen?

Before we even get to questions of interrogation, how about first some sanity? And in reaction to all this, Secretary Napolitano nonchalantly talks about the system working like “clockwork”? I think very soon we will hear of no more “overseas contingency operations” and “man-made disasters”—and no more Janet Napolitano as head of our homeland security.

And when the next official struts and says “Bush did it”, the public will sigh “Thank God, he did”, since in comparison with the seriousness with which the prior administration dealt with terrorism, the Obama team seems to consider radical Islam an interesting catalyst for a civil liberties debate. “Reset” button probably won’t be used any more either—the phrase is too ironic now, and would mean going back to our anti-terrorism policies from 2001-9, which are preferable to the present mess. In political terms, one cannot ask millions of Americans to take off their belts and shoes, and then not put someone like Mutallab on a no-fly list.

FP: The fate of Gitmo?

Hanson: With over 100 Yemenis in Guantanamo, I doubt the facility will be closed; perhaps it will be virtually closed like the Iranian deadlines to stop building a bomb, or the health-care deadlines. I doubt too that Khalid Sheik Mohammed is ever tried in New York; that partisan gambit will be quietly Guatanamoized.

The present Obama diffidence—trash the Bush anti-terrorism protocols, bow, and apologize abroad, contextualize the US in the Al Arabiya interview and Cairo speech, promise to try KSM in New York, shut down Guantanamo—does not quite work in the context of a new series of human IEDs being unleashed against the US. Surely there are one or two astute advisors who will take the President aside and quietly say, “Your present rhetoric and policy are nuts! And you will destroy the Democratic Party for 30 years if you continue!”

FP: Abdul Mutallab doesn’t seem to come from the ranks of the poor, the oppressed and the downtrodden. What does this do to the Left’s belief that the devil made them do it when it comes to our enemies?

Hanson: Well that debate was over long ago, when we learned of the past profiles of the 9/11 killers, the West Bank suicide monsters, and many of the human bombs who went off in Iraq.

The angriest at the West are those with enough money, and education to have developed a full sense of inferiority, self-disappointment, envy, and jealousy. A Major Hasan or Mutallab or Atta inside the West sees the prosperity, liberality, informality, and success around him, begins to figure that no such thing exists in the world of the Middle East and Islamic world, and, presto, believes America and the Jews ensured that there is no resurgent majestic caliphate. We excite the appetites in these characters faster than radical Islam can repress them. That we too often apologize and convey a sense of shame about our own culture only emboldens these killers in their fantasies.

Every bit as important as our military response and vigilance, is our moral tone, which should be along the following lines: “Dear radical Muslims, you, not us, created your present misery through religious intolerance, gender apartheid, statism, corruption, tribalism, anti-scientific fundamentalism, and autocracy, and we have neither regrets about our own success nor responsibilities for your own self-induced miseries, unfortunate as they are.” Until they get that message, we will have the sort of image conveyed by Obama in Cairo and his Al Arabiya interviews: pleasing to the world, but a signal to those who despise the US that we really do not believe in our own exceptional history and institutions.

FP: You mentioned Napolitano, her moronic statements, and how she might not be around much longer. What’s the psychology here of this administration and its overall dance with denial?

Hanson: They seem very naive and inexperienced, almost as if to say: “This is not supposed to be happening to me; I was elected to undo George Bush’s anti-constitutional, so-called war against terror, not actually fight real life terrorists.” In this administration everything is “isolated” and “allegedly”, unless you’re the Cambridge police, and then we really can snap to instantaneous judgement.

Again, I think the Obama administration felt that it would prance in, and end the bad war in Iraq, finish off the good war in Afghanistan, and dismantle the unnecessary Bush crusade against mythical dragons. Instead, they learned that Iraq was essentially won by Bush, Afghanistan is heating up, and there are thousands of al Qaeda terrorists who hate us for who we are, and don’t give a damn that our President’s middle name is Hussein. We are no longer dealing here with college deans and TV pundits who are wowed by split-the-difference, hope-and-change soaring rhetoric.

FP: Two of the four leaders behind the Northwest Airlines passenger jet appear now to have been released by the U.S. from the Guantanamo prison in November, 2007. Significance?

Hanson: It reminds us of what happens when the Bush administration caved to the popular slur that Guantanamo was a veritable Gulag, and also reminds us that those in Guantanamo were there for a reason.

We have this la-la land fantasy that there are perfectly good and bad choices. But there are no such things. We are targeted by premodern killers, out of uniform, who are keen students of Western doubt and guilt. And in dealing with them, there are no easy solutions, as is always true when the postmodern meets the premodern.

Guantanamo was a bad solution amid far worse alternatives. Candidate Obama demogogued the issue, as he did tribunals, renditions, and the Patriot Act, and now, invested with responsibility rather than mere rhetoric, can’t close it when he promised. ‘Guantanamoize’ is a good verb for incessant rhetorical deadlines that are never met. Ask Ahmadinejad.

FP: Concluding thoughts? What most worries you about the threat we face and the people who are supposedly overseeing our protection?

Hanson: Our well intentioned leaders see radical Islam more as an alternative world view that has grievances, rather than a sick, perverted Nazi-like creed that wants to take the world back to a 7th century theocracy, where freedom is denied, heretics and gays stoned, and women relegated to servile status–all overseen by rather creepy autocrats that destroy almost any modern institution they encounter.

Too often Obama, Biden, Holder, Napolitano, etc. see terrorists in terms of domestic criminals, not as enemy combatants. But once one wades into that legalistic mess of war being a judicial circus, nothing good comes from it: is it a supposed sin to water-board the confessed architect of 9/11 to find out about future mass murdering, but OK in legal terms to be district attorney, judge, jury, and executioner in a nanno-second when sending Predator drone hellfire missiles into the mud-brick compounds of suspect terrorists and their families in Waziristan?

We are in a race between sober people around Obama trying to apprise him of the danger, and his natural Carter-like take on America’s partial culpability for world tensions. Let us hope that the serious people win.

FP: Victor Davis Hanson, thank you for joining Frontpage Interview.

  • Gylippus

    Thanks for another in a long series of excellent interviews Jamie. I'd also like to say thanks for your superb, thought provoking book “United in Hate” which I read a few months back, and which provided me with many crucial insights for these troubled times. Finally I'd like to wish you all the best in 2010. Let's hope that we shake off the PC blinders that we've been wearing for 20+ years, and wake up to the true threats that confront us in time…

    Keep up the good work!

  • Robert Bernier

    Wow! Read this one. It is really good. And this gentleman says it just like it is.

    This venerable and much honored WW II vet is well known in Hawaii
    for his seventy-plus years of service to patriotic organizations and causes all over the country. A humble man without a political bone in his body, he has never spoken out before about a government official, until now. He dictated this letter to a friend, signed it and mailed it to the president. Consult : http://xrl.us/bgeewc

  • Robert Bernier

    Every American should see this video !

    The ambition of Islam to conquer the world.
    For centuries Islam of the militants have been on the march to conquer the world. We did not notice because we chose not to notice. The Muslim Brotherhood was founded in
    1920 by Hassan al-Banna in Egypt and was in deep confrontation with the Egyptian government. The current goals for Islam to achieve global domination for a Muslim Caliphate: a world under strict Islamic “Sharia” law, pulling Muslims back to the 7th Century. Consult : http://xrl.us/bf66jj

  • Lary9

    Let me get this straight. Any thug can commit an act of murder or conspire to commit murder and get promoted to combatant status by your reasoning. Hmm. From cowardly killer to warrior by judicial fiat. Nothing like legitimatizing the Jihadist self-image of a cell of homicidal rogues to get real justice [?] !

  • John L Work

    Great interview. But Mr. Hanson left me confused right at the end when he said:

    “We are in a race between sober people around Obama trying to apprise him of the danger, and his natural Carter-like take on America’s partial culpability for world tensions. Let us hope that the serious people win.”

    I wonder to whom Mr. Hanson refers in his final allusion to “…sober people around Obama trying to appirse him of the danger…”

    I'm not aware (yet) that there are any around Obama who intend anything other than to continue to assist Obama with this headlong charge to the far left, and to mollify the World of Islam. Judging from what I've seen and heard from Mr. Axelrod's sinister countenance, they are by all appearances deadly serious.

  • delbwato

    Let me get this straight. Any soldier can kill or devise plans to kill opposing armed forces and get demoted to common criminal status by your reasoning. Hmm. From killer in defense of social continuance to self-serving common criminal by Lary9 fiat.

    If you have “worn a uniform”, Lary, did you perhaps discern a difference between your role and that of a common criminal? What might that difference have been, Lary?

  • DemocracyFirst

    I too was wondering who these sober people are. But I'm less sure than you that they don't exist (Clinton? Gates? Summers?), and I'm less sure that Obama will not have to reverse. That's to protect the Democrat majorities he's urgently needs to achieve his left wing plans. And it's because even Obama recognizes a presidential duty to protect Americans, and the political and historical judgment consequences of failing to do so – especially in comparison to, of all people from his perspective, Bush.

  • antifascist18

    What do you expect from a pew sitting piece of monkey shit who spent almost all of last year screeching about Jews building homes on their own land, while being stone silent in the face of rapine and murder in Iran?

    Or with his fellow Democratic Party NAZIS shoving a higher-taxes, less medical care, liable to be arrested if you oppose deathplan down our throats.

    Still wanna vote for the Democrats?

    2010 is around the corner. Time to elect REAL AMERICANS, not the Nazis of the Nazi-Collaborator Soros's paid-off Democratic Party.

  • thinker1

    Great point, John! They busy building Forth Reich – Health Miscarriage now, next year – amnesty for 30+ million illegals, so they will rule forever…..and they still find time to hug a tree and put an ice cube on the ground, 'cause “they caaaaare”.

    The change of Constitution in waiting -'Bama forever:
    http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h

  • LindaRivera

    Non-Muslim Western leaders PRETEND they don't know that Islam is engaged in a religious war with the world's non-Muslims even when Muslim leaders make it clear: : Turkey's Prime Minister, Erdogan, publicly read an Islamic poem: “The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets and Muslims our soldiers…”

    In Britain, Sheikh Bakri: “We will use your democracy to destroy your democracy.”

  • LindaRivera

    Council on American-Islamic Relations: “Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faiths, but to become dominant. The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth.” – Omar Ahmad (CAIR co-founder).

    Addressing a youth session at the 1999 Islamic Association for Palestine's annual convention in Chicago, CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) founder Omar Ahmad praised suicide bombers who “kill themselves for Islam,”
    http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?A

    Washington strongly believes in making the world safe for Muslim terrorists. Jihadists are winning because of pro-Islam Western leaders. U.S. Airport Security was Deliberately and Shockingly Destroyed for totalitarian Islam:

    http://www.worldnetdaily.com
    Controversial Muslim group
    gets VIP airport security tour
    Feds show CAIR latest screening steps,
    sensitive counterterrorism procedures
    August 18, 2006

    The Department of Homeland Security
    took a Muslim group with known past ties to terror organizations on a VIP tour of security operations at the nation's busiest airport at the same time British authorities were working to break up a plot to blow up U.S. airlines.

    On June 21, a senior DHS official from Washington personally guided Muslim officials from the Council on American-Islamic Relations on a behind-the-scenes tour of Customs screening operations at O'Hare International Airport in response to CAIR complaints that Muslim travelers were being unfairly delayed as they entered the U.S. from abroad.

    CAIR is a spin-off of the Islamic Association for Palestine, identified by two former FBI counterterrorism chiefs as a “front group” for the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas.

    Several CAIR leaders have been convicted on terror-related charges.

    During the airport tour, CAIR was taken on a walk through the point-of-entry, Customs stations, secondary screening and interview rooms. In addition, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents were asked to describe for CAIR representatives various features of the high-risk passenger lookout system.
    http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?A

  • LindaRivera

    It is quite evident that the only people around Obama are exactly like Obama.

    Muslim terrorist training camps that teach murder of non-Muslims and violent Islamic conquest of America are allowed. They are not considered the enemy. Homeland security informed America who are regarded as the enemy: peaceful, patriotic Americans – pro lifers, tea party attendees, returning war veterans who risked their lives for America. God help America.

    worldnetdaily.com
    'Chilling' new video: How to slit throats
    Jihad maneuvers taught at New York compound
    December 15, 2009

    By Bob Unruh

    A new video released by the Christian Action Network shows Muslim women at a compound in New York state practicing throat-slitting techniques and assault weapons attacks.

    The video was distributed by the makers of the movie “Homegrown Jihad: The Terrorist Camps Around the U.S.,” which documents how a jihadist group has developed dozens of training camps across the nation.

    WND reported at the time how Jamaat ul-Fuqra has built 35 compounds – mostly in the northeastern corridor of the U.S.

    …The U.S. State Department's 1998 “Patterns of Global Terrorism” report notes the organization “seeks to purify Islam through violence.”

    The report continued, “Members have purchased isolated rural compounds in North America to live communally, practice their faith and insulate themselves from Western culture. Fuqra members have attacked a variety of targets that they view as enemies of Islam.”

    CAN, led by Martin Mawyer, has researched Muslims of America for years and has provided its video to the FBI, State Department and Homeland Security. To date, there has been no response from the government, the group said.

    …”Gilani has stated he is preparing his members to the Soldiers of Allah, and he's set up the most advanced guerrilla warfare training camps,” he said.

    The organization's “Homegrown Jihad” video includes a chilling scene of Jamaat ul-Fuqra's leader Sheikh Mubarak Gilani telling followers to “act like you're his friend. Then kill him.”

    According to the Religion of Peace website, there have been more than 250 jihad attacks by Muslims around the globe – including two inside the U.S. – in just the last two months.The death toll from the attacks has surpassed 1,400, the report says.
    http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageI

    New MOA Terror Training Video Exposed
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebg6AFylios&feat

  • LindaRivera

    It is quite evident that the only people around Obama are exactly like Obama.

    Muslim terrorist training camps that teach murder of non-Muslims and violent Islamic conquest of America are allowed. They are not considered the enemy. Homeland security informed America who are regarded as the enemy: peaceful, patriotic Americans – pro lifers, tea party attendees, returning war veterans who risked their lives for America. God help America.

    worldnetdaily.com
    'Chilling' new video: How to slit throats
    Jihad maneuvers taught at New York compound
    December 15, 2009

    By Bob Unruh

    A new video released by the Christian Action Network shows Muslim women at a compound in New York state practicing throat-slitting techniques and assault weapons attacks.

    The video was distributed by the makers of the movie “Homegrown Jihad: The Terrorist Camps Around the U.S.,” which documents how a jihadist group has developed dozens of training camps across the nation.

    WND reported at the time how Jamaat ul-Fuqra has built 35 compounds – mostly in the northeastern corridor of the U.S.

    …The U.S. State Department's 1998 “Patterns of Global Terrorism” report notes the organization “seeks to purify Islam through violence.”

    The report continued, “Members have purchased isolated rural compounds in North America to live communally, practice their faith and insulate themselves from Western culture. Fuqra members have attacked a variety of targets that they view as enemies of Islam.”

    CAN, led by Martin Mawyer, has researched Muslims of America for years and has provided its video to the FBI, State Department and Homeland Security. To date, there has been no response from the government, the group said.

    …”Gilani has stated he is preparing his members to the Soldiers of Allah, and he's set up the most advanced guerrilla warfare training camps,” he said.

    The organization's “Homegrown Jihad” video includes a chilling scene of Jamaat ul-Fuqra's leader Sheikh Mubarak Gilani telling followers to “act like you're his friend. Then kill him.”

    According to the Religion of Peace website, there have been more than 250 jihad attacks by Muslims around the globe – including two inside the U.S. – in just the last two months.The death toll from the attacks has surpassed 1,400, the report says.
    http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageI

    New MOA Terror Training Video Exposed
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebg6AFylios&feat

  • LindaRivera

    It is quite evident that the only people around Obama are exactly like Obama.

    Muslim terrorist training camps that teach murder of non-Muslims and violent Islamic conquest of America are allowed. They are not considered the enemy. Homeland security informed America who are regarded as the enemy: peaceful, patriotic Americans – pro lifers, tea party attendees, returning war veterans who risked their lives for America. God help America.

    worldnetdaily.com
    'Chilling' new video: How to slit throats
    Jihad maneuvers taught at New York compound
    December 15, 2009

    By Bob Unruh

    A new video released by the Christian Action Network shows Muslim women at a compound in New York state practicing throat-slitting techniques and assault weapons attacks.

    The video was distributed by the makers of the movie “Homegrown Jihad: The Terrorist Camps Around the U.S.,” which documents how a jihadist group has developed dozens of training camps across the nation.

    WND reported at the time how Jamaat ul-Fuqra has built 35 compounds – mostly in the northeastern corridor of the U.S.

    …The U.S. State Department's 1998 “Patterns of Global Terrorism” report notes the organization “seeks to purify Islam through violence.”

    The report continued, “Members have purchased isolated rural compounds in North America to live communally, practice their faith and insulate themselves from Western culture. Fuqra members have attacked a variety of targets that they view as enemies of Islam.”

    CAN, led by Martin Mawyer, has researched Muslims of America for years and has provided its video to the FBI, State Department and Homeland Security. To date, there has been no response from the government, the group said.

    …”Gilani has stated he is preparing his members to the Soldiers of Allah, and he's set up the most advanced guerrilla warfare training camps,” he said.

    The organization's “Homegrown Jihad” video includes a chilling scene of Jamaat ul-Fuqra's leader Sheikh Mubarak Gilani telling followers to “act like you're his friend. Then kill him.”

    According to the Religion of Peace website, there have been more than 250 jihad attacks by Muslims around the globe – including two inside the U.S. – in just the last two months.The death toll from the attacks has surpassed 1,400, the report says.
    http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageI

    New MOA Terror Training Video Exposed
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebg6AFylios&feat

  • LindaRivera

    JIHAD Against Americans is UNOPPOSED by Washington

    Muslim terrorist training camps that teach murder of non-Muslims and violent Islamic conquest of America are allowed. They are not considered the enemy. Homeland security informed America who are regarded as the enemy: peaceful, patriotic Americans – pro lifers, tea party attendees, returning war veterans who risked their lives for America. God help America.

    worldnetdaily.com
    'Chilling' new video: How to slit throats
    Jihad maneuvers taught at New York compound
    December 15, 2009

    By Bob Unruh

    A new video released by the Christian Action Network shows Muslim women at a compound in New York state practicing throat-slitting techniques and assault weapons attacks.

    The video was distributed by the makers of the movie “Homegrown Jihad: The Terrorist Camps Around the U.S.,” which documents how a jihadist group has developed dozens of training camps across the nation.

    WND reported at the time how Jamaat ul-Fuqra has built 35 compounds – mostly in the northeastern corridor of the U.S.

    …The U.S. State Department's 1998 “Patterns of Global Terrorism” report notes the organization “seeks to purify Islam through violence.”

    The report continued, “Members have purchased isolated rural compounds in North America to live communally, practice their faith and insulate themselves from Western culture. Fuqra members have attacked a variety of targets that they view as enemies of Islam.”

    CAN, led by Martin Mawyer, has researched Muslims of America for years and has provided its video to the FBI, State Department and Homeland Security. To date, there has been no response from the government, the group said.

    …”Gilani has stated he is preparing his members to the Soldiers of Allah, and he's set up the most advanced guerrilla warfare training camps,” he said.

    The organization's “Homegrown Jihad” video includes a chilling scene of Jamaat ul-Fuqra's leader Sheikh Mubarak Gilani telling followers to “act like you're his friend. Then kill him.”

    According to the Religion of Peace website, there have been more than 250 jihad attacks by Muslims around the globe – including two inside the U.S. – in just the last two months.The death toll from the attacks has surpassed 1,400, the report says.
    http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageI

    New MOA Terror Training Video Exposed
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebg6AFylios&feat

  • USMCSniper

    The real Gitmo abuse!

    WASHINGTON — The prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay during the war on terror have attacked their military guards hundreds of times, turning broken toilet parts, utensils, radios and even a bloody lizard tail into makeshift weapons, Pentagon reports say.

    Incident reports reviewed by The Associated Press even indicates Military Police guards are routinely head-butted, spat upon and doused by “cocktails” of feces, urine, vomit and sperm collected in meal cups by the prisoners.

    They’ve been repeatedly grabbed, punched or assaulted by prisoners who reach through the small “bean holes” used to deliver food and blankets through cell doors.

  • Voltimand

    The purpose of terrorism is to terrorize. This seems obvious, but there is little attention to what the relation of means to ends actually means. Bat Yeor's books on the history of dhimmitude–the state of living under an Islamic political regime as non-muslim second-class citizens who have refused to “convert” to Islam–demonstrate at length where the kernel of the Islamic reality lies: it lies in making ordinary people so afraid that their will to resist disappears. They are then ready to do anything to keep their lives, even if that means accepting Islam as dominant over their lives.

    My contention is that Obam and liberals in this country are in fact already terrorized to the point of becoming “dhimmi,” and that as such they are already de facto traitors to this country and no longer in any meaningful sense “American citizens.”

    This is an extreme position to take, but I expect that gradually step-by-step as terrorist attacks continue and those citizens in this country–including the members of the Obama administration–continue to, as Shakespeare would say, “dodge and palter in this shifts of lowness” when confronted with the necessity to destroy Islam absolutely in order defend America, there is going to be created an absolute split in this country between the American dhimmi and American citizens who want to take their country back. In brief, I predict a second Civil War which may or may not be waged by force of arms.

    What has to happen first, however, is to recognize that those who refuse to fight Islamist terrorism have already surrendered and are the enemies of the rest of us. I don't mean that the two sides “don't agree”: I mean that the two sides are already in a state of mutual enmity that precedes war.

    And I add that anyone who wants to challenge me on this has already confirmed that he/she is the enemy of America. Sound extreme? This position is extreme, but it is not one of my own making or contrivance. It is where this country is in fact, and to deny it is already to admit to being psychologically in that fundamental state of denial that costitutes being dhimmi.

  • Orion

    You assume there are any serious, sober people around Obama to straighten him out. Instead, I'm afraid, he's surrounded himself with con artists out to fleece the country and left-wing ideologues immune to reality who only see terrorism as an opportunity to argue for their ideas.

  • WFB2

    Obama: Half-White, Half-Black, Half-Ast

  • LindaRivera

    I am extremely sorry that a comment I made was repeated a number of times. When I made the comment, it did'nt show up on the page, and I then posted the comment again, the same thing happened. When I returned to this article I was horrified to discover the comment ended up posted four times. I had more trouble with my computer. Please accept my apology.

  • Lary9

    I really don't understand what you mean. It sounds catchy but what are yoiu saying? Why is my point of view so hard to grasp? IAll I'm saying is Islamic terrorists are not part of any nation's military forces. They are ideologically motivated mercenary independent assassins.Not soldiers. What's the big deal? I don't think you're even trying to see my point.

  • CowboyUp

    He's saying they are illegal combatants using illegal tactics in a war, that's the difference, and what determines how they are treated. That's why they don't rate the protections of a soldier OR civil criminal, and are beneath even spies and sabateurs legally. “Cowardly felon” is way above their true status. Every US boot trainee learns enough of the articles of war to keep him or her from running afoul of them or following illegal orders.

    Delbwato did see your point, and showed fatal flaws in its' logic and application.

  • CowboyUp

    How so President Bush? He is certainly relying on history to vindicate him, as President Reagan did (that happened far sooner than even I thought possible), and it likely will for the most part.

    I wish to see an indication hussein has any sense, that he doesn't really believe his absurd campaign rhetoric, or that he might learn in time, but I haven't yet.

  • Lary9

    I'm going to shoot these shite-slinging jihadists and make the argument
    moot. Time to up-end the board, cash in my railroads and hotels and start
    over. I knew I should've stuck with my piano lessons.

  • DemocracyFirst

    I meant Bush clearly protected the American people. Now Obama, presumably, would hate to have history judge him as less successful than Bush at that. Meanwhile, Obama uses almost all of Bush's anti-terror measures, renditions, intercepts, tribunals, Guantanamo (still open one year later), predators, etc., those he and his vast left wing network previously derided as “shredding the constitution.”

  • thinker1

    quote OF THE YEAR:

    “I'd donate a heart to keep Rush alive,” wrote blogger Dan Riehl. “Just need a knife and a liberal close by. ; )”

  • thinker1

    quote OF THE YEAR:

    “I'd donate a heart to keep Rush alive,” wrote blogger Dan Riehl. “Just need a knife and a liberal close by. ; )”

  • CowboyUp

    Ask and ye shall receive, I feel a little better now that you've reminded me of those flashes of sanity, lol. You'd think the left would be pitching an epic fit over his removing the interrogation of high value subjects from congressional oversight. I don't spend a lot of time looking into what the lefties are saying, but do spend some, and I haven't seen any comment from them about that.

    I'd like to see a lot more sense out of him, though, and much of what he is doing right is undercut by what he is doing wrong (civilian trials will compromise much of the intel methods and sources).

  • CowboyUp

    Lol, Happy New Year!

    If you upend the board you don't cash in anything, then you get to really start over. I know people that build successful companies from the ground up and sell them, because that's what they enjoy doing and they are very good at it. People like them do more for this country than any politician ever could.

    I hear they are taking fewer prisoners on the battlefield, they don't have to accept surrender, and Americans who surrender to them have been tortured to death all along. Hanging (beheading if you want to be culturally sensitive) is the propper form of execution for them, they don't rate a firing squad.

  • DemocracyFirst

    In light of recent terror attacks on US soil, and that the last one was apparently planned by Guantanamo releasees, Obama, I suspect, will, if for optics optics only, find a way to delay Khalid Shaikh Mohammed's civilian trial. That is, he may continue to believe that civilian trials are right and proper, but political pressure will constrain him.

  • DemocracyFirst

    I might also have commented on your point about the left's lack of comment about Obama's use of Bush counter terror methods. In fact, some of the extreme left have stated their discontent with Obama over this. But the mainstream left, as represented, say, by the NYT and Wash Post and the Democrat core, have been quiet. Suddenly these measures are not constitutional after all.

    Then there's the previously real biggie I omitted – The Patriot Act. Haven't heard anything about that in a while, now have we? The left are such hypocrites.

  • incredulous2

    What sober people?

  • DemocracyFirst

    Happened to me and others too. Something in the programming deceives.

  • vlwe

    Amazing! Professor Davis Hanson, you are one of the few reliable commentators and thinkers around.

  • Usernamealreadyexists2

    Funny quote. But I wouldn't poison Rush with ANYTHING liberal.

  • Lary9

    Happy New Year backachya.

  • BS77

    Why don't you cease and desist in pushing all the cut and paste articles? There are several posters on this board who cannot do more than send in repetitive, endless cut and paste comments…like that Bernier guy….say something original or remain silent.

  • janeclark09

    Well I like the article written and also the comments written on it

  • 2maxpower

    We are in a race between sober people around Obama trying to apprise him of the danger, and his natural Carter-like take on America’s partial culpability for world tensions. Let us hope that the serious people win.

    VDH ….WHAT SOBER PEOPLE AROUND OBAMA??

  • 2maxpower

    I think the administration people …Holder, Napolitano, Barry, Michelle, Pelosi and Reid should be made to work a 3 month tour guarding the prisoners in Guantanamo.

    that would be a teaching moment.

  • 2maxpower

    the tenents of islam …what is the end game ??

    remember the mentality promoted by islam is that of a young child. circular logic and envy and jealousy. don't try to make it make sense. you will be lost in the same duplicity that they (muslims) suffer..

  • USMCSniper

    Our intellectual and political leaders have evaded and continue to evade the true nature and scope of the enemy we face. Immersed in the modern dogma of Multiculturalism that all cultures are equal and all religions are peaceful, they will not acknowledge that all Muslim terrorists are part of a religious-ideological movement fueled by Muslim peoples and states, with Iran as the principal terrorist state. They prefer the fictional propaganda that we are at war only with a relative handful of stateless, un-Islamic terrorists. Thus, they can delude themselves into thinking Iran is not our mortal enemy, but only a misguided potential coalition partner in the dropped phrase ‘war on terrorism.’

    “Iran needs to be attacked and defeated, and the sooner the better. This does not mean another Iraqi nation building boondoggle in which our soldiers are pawns to try to bring the good life to warring tribes; it means the total destruction of an enemy regime without apology. We must make it clear that we will no longer tolerate–or evade — aggression from the Islamic Jahidists who are religious totalitarians.”

  • robert a

    I have family in the Washington D.C area, a natural target for terrorists. If anything should happen to them because of these incompetent clowns running the country, I'll tell you the direction in which the “pitchforks” will be facing.