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Winning the War on Terror With the CIA

Posted by on Apr 28, 2009 in CIA, Conservatism, Democrats, Interrogation, President Obama, War on Terror | 0 comments

Why are the Democrats (and some Republicans) creating a straw man over the CIA interrogation methods?  Is it because they believe that captured suspected terrorists or terrorist sympathizers deserve treatment in accord with the Geneva Conventions?  That does not seem to be the case.  The reason, I submit, is because they want to deflect attention away from President Obama learning his foreign policy on-the-job.  
Has President Obama’s policy of engagement brought Iran or North Korea to the negotiating table to stop their nuclear programs?  No.  Has he been able to get the Russians to tone down their nationalistic sabre rattling over the issue of former Soviet satellites entering NATO?  No; instead he allowed the Russians to pin nuclear warhead reduction talks to a dismantling of the U.S. European missile shield.  
But don’t worry about those issues.  Instead, concentrate on the perceived sins of the past committed by those working on the intelligence fronts in the War on Terror.  Let’s judge the methods used in the successful effort to stop attacks against America from the safe armchair of hindsight.  

Entertaining the straw man created by the left leads to an unavoidable problem.  The problem is that the Democrats knew of the CIA interrogation methods well before such knowledge was politically convenient.  So the straw man could be knocked down in both directions, harming those who created it, as well as those who simply worked to win the War on Terror.  

The Wall Street Journal had a great Op-Ed piece regarding the political amnesia issue.  Check it out.
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Lost in the Trees

Posted by on Apr 17, 2009 in CIA, Conservatism, DOJ, Obama, War on Terror, William Kristol | 0 comments

I am puzzled by the Obama administration’s somewhat schizophrenic approach to foreign policy.  In Europe the President apologized profusely for what he deemed to be sins of the past.  However, here in America, Obama’s Justice Department is seeking to reinforce the Government’s ability to wiretap those deemed dangerous.  Now we have the Administration’s Director of National Intelligence telling us we are now safe in a sunny April, 2009.

I attach a link to the brief filed by the Department of Justice regarding the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, to allow you to draw your own conclusion regarding the wire tap authority.
William Kristol wrote a great article on these issues:
Please Mr. President, find a path through the woods of foreign policy that provide a clear and consistent path for America to take.  Inconsistent approaches and acknowledgements of the War on Terror do not serve our best interests to keep America safe and WIN the War on Terror.
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