The libs on the Senate Intelligence Committee spent the better part of the Haspel hearing arguing as if they’re defense attorneys for Guantanamo Bay prison detainees so frankly I’d be surprised if some of them didn’t seriously entertain making this happen:
President Trump’s nomination of Gina Haspel to lead the C.I.A. has revived debate over the agency’s post-Sept. 11 interrogation program and still-murky questions about her involvement. Now, on the eve of her Senate confirmation hearing, a striking voice is trying to join that fray: Khalid Shaikh Mohammed.
Mr. Mohammed, the principal architect of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, was captured in March 2003 and tortured by the C.I.A. This week, he asked a military judge at Guantánamo Bay for permission to share six paragraphs of information about Ms. Haspel with the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Ms. Haspel ran a black-site prison in Thailand where another high-level detainee was tortured in late 2002. But it is not known whether she was involved, directly or indirectly, in Mr. Mohammed’s torture. Mr. Mohammed was held in secret C.I.A. prisons in Afghanistan and Poland.
Frankly I’m a little surprised that Kamala Harris, Dianne Feinstein and other Dems on the panel hyperventilating over Haspel’s nomination haven’t invited Mohammed up from Club Gitmo to share his emotions with the Senate and possibly give him a chance to join the call for Trump’s impeachment.
Americans so overwhelmingly support a continuation of Obama administration policies that Hillary Clinton was sent packing on election day and Trump’s in the White House! And don’t you just love the “nuclear agreement prevented a war” BS? Congratulating themselves for saving humanity from things that only might have happened is a hallmark of Hope & Change-era heroism.
Also it’s interesting when Obama flacks cite “America’s closest allies” as supporters but conveniently ignore Israel, which gathered the intel showing what a joke the Iran Deal truly is.
What I found interesting — and by “interesting” I mean hilarious — is that according to this Rasmussen poll, there are a whole bunch of Democrats who think Obama deserved his Nobel for nothing more than showing up for the start of his presidency but don’t think Trump’s done anything to earn one:
Sixty-five percent (65%) of Republicans say Trump deserves the Nobel Peace Prize if he resolves the North Korea situation, but only 30% of Democrats agree. Sixty-four percent (64%) of Democrats say Obama still deserves his Nobel, but only 21% of Republicans agree. By nearly identical margins, Americans not affiliated with either major party tend to feel neither president is entitled to the prestigious award.
Maybe if Trump delivered more flowery speeches, drew more red lines and partook of hashtag diplomacy a little more some Dem minds would be changed.
This guy gives all the right people night sweats and stress diarrhea — this week was no different:
Mattis told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the U.S. has a deconfliction line with Russia to ensure that the two countries can communicate in order to avoid direct conflict with one another in Syria. He said that a group of “irregular forces” were in conflict with U.S. forces, and once it was ascertained that those forces were not Russian regulars, Mattis directed a counterattack.
“The Russian high command in Syria assured us it was not their people, and my direction to the chairman was for the force, then, to be annihilated,” Mattis said. “And it was.”
North Korea sees the Obama administration freeing up over a hundred billion in frozen Iranian assets and sanction relief in return for a “deal” that allows self-inspection of nuke sites (and even forgives taking U.S. military personnel prisoner and using their photos and videos for propaganda purposes) and they want in on that action before the spineless, self-serving bureaucrats potential peace partners in the White House are out of office in a year:
North Korea said it could stop its nuclear tests in exchange for signing a peace treaty with the U.S. and a stop to annual military exercises between the U.S. and South Korea.
The North’s statement carried by the state media late Friday was a repeat of past offers that have been rejected by the U.S., which wants Pyongyang to commit to a complete abandonment of nuclear weapons.
An unnamed spokesman of the North’s Foreign Ministry called the purported hydrogen bomb test on Jan. 6 a justifiable move to ensure its survival against external threats.
Don’t think for one second the geniuses in the Obama administration won’t find a way to jump all over this before they’re out of office.
What’s Korean for “re-set button”?
Iran has shown North Korea how to get the Obama administration and UN on board with lifting sanctions against them: Take hostages and use them as human currency to get whatever you want.
When you’re completely devoid of real-world ideas, you return to stuff like this:
President Obama called upon a conclave of world leaders on Tuesday to fight violent extremism not just with weapons but with ideas, jobs and good governance, a strategy he has long advocated. There are few signs that it is succeeding.
Military pressure, Mr. Obama said at a United Nations summit meeting, will be insufficient to vanquish groups like the Islamic State, also known as ISIS and ISIL.
“This means defeating their ideology,” he said. “Ideologies are not defeated with guns. They are defeated by better ideas — a more attractive and compelling vision.”
I’m officially at a loss for words and he’s still got over a year to make things worse.
John Kerry lied again this morning, but you knew that because his lips were moving:
“As I said, the prime minister is welcome in the United States at any time. We have an unparalleled close security relationship with Israel and we will continue to. President Obama has done more to ensure the security of Israel by the creation of Iron Dome, by the development of weapons that are specifically calculated to be able to deal with Iran’s nuclear weapon’s problem…[etc].”
In 2004, the idea for Iron Dome gained momentum with the installation of Brig. Gen. Daniel Gold as the head of the research and development bureau of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Gold was a strong backer of the antimissile project, even skirting army contracting regulations to secure financing. He also helped persuade key politicians to support the project.
Wow, Obama had a lot of global pull considering he was only a state senator from Illinois back then!
This is not shocking because all too often Obama seems to forget which side he’s on:
President Barack Obama favorably quoted and praised on Wednesday in his speech before the United Nations a controversial Muslim cleric whose organization has reportedly endorsed the terror group Hamas and supported a fatwa condoning the murder of U.S. soldiers in Iraq.
Obama in his remarks offered praise to controversial cleric Sheikh Abdallah Bin Bayyah and referred to him as a moderate Muslim leader who can help combat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s (ISIL or ISIS) radical ideology.
However, Bin Bayyah himself has long been engulfed in controversy for many of his views, including the reported backing of a 2004 fatwa that advocated violent resistance against Americans fighting in Iraq.
This is not the first time that the Obama administration has extolled Bin Bayyah, who also has served as the vice president of a Muslim scholars group founded by a radical Muslim Brotherhood leader who has called “for the death of Jews and Americans,” according to Fox News and other reports.
The State Department’s Counterterrorism Bureau (CT) was forced to issue multiple apologies earlier this year after the Washington Free Beacon reported on its promotion of Bin Bayyah on Twitter.
It’s a real surprise that Obama’s approval is so much lower among current and former military, isn’t it? But the bureaucratic butt-kissers of America-hating despots at the U.N. love it, and that’s the approval Obama cares about.
This clip from Joe “Pluggernuts” Biden from 2012 is “one stop shopping” for validation of pretty much all of Mitt Romney’s warnings about the repercussions of Obama’s foreign policy — warnings that the administration mocked:
Serious question: Have Obama/Biden been right about anything?
We’d be better off if all decisions at the White House were made by Magic 8-Ball. And who knows, maybe they are.