Bless you Bobby for taking this chore on.
Morsi has not been shy about airing his odious views. In a May 2010 interview with Brookings Institution scholar Shadi Hamid, Morsi dismissed al-Qaeda's responsibility for the attacks. "When you come and tell me that the plane hit the tower like a knife in butter, then you are insulting us," Hamid reported Morsi as saying. It's a short list that does NOT insult the Broderbund.
"How did the plane cut through the steel like this? Something must have happened from the inside. It's impossible." Ask Rosie O'Donnell.
Similarly, in 2007, Morsi reportedly declared that the United States "has never presented any evidences [sic] on the identity of those who committed that incident." In 2008, he called for a "huge scientific conference" to analyze "what caused the attack against a massive structure like the two towers." We have already had 200 engineers and professors look at the structural failures. But there might have been some Juices on that panel. Mustafa Ghoneimy, leader of the Brotherhood's Guidance Office, said "the Jews" had executed the attacks. "So many Jews worked in these two towers," he said. "And on that day, they were off." Meanwhile, Brotherhood secretary general Mahmoud Hussein pinned the attacks on "one of the intelligence services in America, or the Jews." Spokesman Mahmoud Ghozlan speculated that "intelligence services" were behind the attacks, since "it is impossible for immature pilots to execute their ideas. It needs some professionalism to do it." He couldn't have done it, so it's impossible.
The United States should be willing to extend economic and military aid to Egypt commensurate with the latter's needs and its commitment to partner in advance of common objectives. But in working out the details of this new arrangement, our president should not give his personal imprimatur to leaders who espouse repulsive, abhorrent views that undermine a vital U.S. national security interest. Mubarak did not believe the six million dead Jews, but maybe he kept his opinions to himself?
To that end, Obama should explicitly condition any meeting with Morsi on the latter's clear and public renunciation of 9/11 revisionism. This position would present Morsi with a stark choice: He can either repudiate the hate-filled conspiracies that he has helped to sow and reap the benefits of Obama's embrace, or he can expose himself as an irresponsible ideologue with whom few members of the international community will want to deal. Failure to lay down a marker with Morsi before he comes to New York means Morsi may never have to make that choice. I am not holding out hope, let alone my breath.
Jose Zambramo Grijalva, president of the Partido de Revolucion Democratica (PRD) told supporters in San Lazaro Wednesday that the sudden departure from the Mexican left's 2012 electoral alliance of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, changes nothing as the PRD prepares for 2013 elections and the 2015 midterm elections.
Despite his words of encouragement, Mexico's leftists parties are facing a political crisis and a rancorous fight in the Chamber of Deputies over the impeachment of nine members of Mexico's electoral tribunal.
Rantburg.com correspondent Chris Covert examines the politics surrounding Lopez Obrador's departure and the fate of Mexico's left.
Turkish PM systematically imposing Islamic law; sense of helplessness, rage spreads
The recent Red Hot Chili Peppers concert in Istanbul was amazing, but the audience was angry. Thousands of fans gathered outside the venue until the last minute to consume as much beer as possible, in a silent rage over the government's decision to ban the sale of alcohol inside.
The excuse was that the concert venue is located near the sacred Eyup mosque. Anti-government chants were heard here and there. Others checked the distance between the venue and the mosque using their smartphones - a little more than four kilometers. One of the fans voiced his concern over the fact that the distance between the mosque and the bustling, alcohol-filled Istiklal Street is almost the same as the distance between the mosque and the concert venue.
A friend of mine who manages a nearby restaurant told me that before a previous concert at a local university, Prime Minister Erdogan phoned the university's rector and instructed him to ban the sale of alcohol during the event, despite the fact that there are no mosques in the area. I told my friend that this would never pass in Israel. He said that in Turkey no one would dare defy Erdogan, who, according to my friend, employs mob-like tactics. "The government can always arrest some professors and deans and claim that they assist the underground Ergenekon organization," he told me.
A sense of helplessness is spreading among the old Turkish elite, as is the rage over the government's efforts to change the country's character. It is becoming more and more apparent that Erdogan has a long term 'human engineering' plan. He is working quietly, slowly and systematically. Recently Erdogan expanded compulsory school education from eight to 12 years. The goal was to circumvent the constitution and pave the way for middle school students to attend Islamic schools. It is difficult to bring high school students 'back to religion.' The alcohol ban at rock concerts is part of this trend, as are the attempts to reduce the sale of alcohol on beaches and discourage women from getting abortions.
Following three terms as prime minister, Erdogan is widely expected to seek the presidency in 2014 in order to concentrate all the powers in his hands, just as Putin did in Russia. His chances are great in the absence of a charismatic secular opponent. It appears that Erdogan will continue implementing his plan patiently over the next six years.
As a historian I consider all long-term 'human engineering' plans, from the kibbutz in Israel and the Soviet Union to the Islamic revolution in Iran. All 'human engineering' attempts have failed, apart from the great enlightenment of the French and American revolutions. Does Erdogan's traditional-conservative version have a greater chance of success in a 21st century that is slowly being engulfed by darkness?
....FOLLOWING THE September 11 attacks, the US Congress formed the bipartisan 9/11 Commission and charged it with determining the causes of the assault and recommending a course of action for the government to follow to prevent such attacks from happening again. It took the commission members nearly three years to finish their report. In the end, they claimed that the chief failure enabling the attacks was "one of imagination."
Unfortunately for the US, the commissioners had things backwards. It wasn't that imagination failed America before September 11. It was that imagination reigned in America. And it still does.
It's just that the land of make-believe occupied by the US foreign policy elite has shifted.
Until September 11, 2001, the US foreign policy elite was of the opinion that the chief threat to US national security was the fact that the US was a "hyperpower."
That is, the chief threat to the US was the US itself.
After September 11, the US decided that the main threat to the US was "terror," against which the US declared war. The perpetrators of terrorism were rarely mentioned, and when they were they were belittled as "marginal forces."
Those forces, of course are anything but marginal. The Islamic ideology of jihad is the predominant ideology in the Muslim world today.
The rallying cry of al-Qaida - the shehada - is the cry of Muslim faith. Jihadist Islam is the predominant form of Islam worshiped in mosques throughout the world. And the ideology of jihad is an ideology of war against the non-Islamic world led by the US.
Then-president George W. Bush and his administration imagined a world where the actual enemies of the US were marginal forces in Islam. They then determined - based on nothing - that the masses of the Muslim world from Gaza to Iraq to Afghanistan and beyond were simply Jeffersonian democrats living under the jackboot. If freed from tyranny, they would become liberal democrats nearly indistinguishable from regular Americans.
With President Barack Obama's inauguration, the imaginary world inhabited by the American foreign policy elite shifted again. Obama and his advisers agree that jihadist Islam is the predominant force in the Muslim world. But in their imaginary world, jihadist Islam is a good thing for America.
Hence, Turkish Prime Minister Recip Erdogan is Obama's closest confidante in the Middle East despite his transformation of Turkey from a pro-Western secular republic into a pro-Iranian Islamic republic in which secularists are jailed without trial for years on end.
Hence Israel - the first target of jihadist Islam's bid for global supremacy - is a strategic burden rather than an ally to the US.
Hence the US abandoned its most stalwart ally in the Arab world, Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, and supported the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood to power in the most strategically vital state in the Arab world.
Hence it supported a Libyan rebel force penetrated by al-Qaida.
Hence it is setting the stage for the reinstitution of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan.
I like Col. West. He is being targeted by a Soros heavily-funded Democratic PAC. West drives them nuts--a good reason to re-elect him. He got re-districted and put in a weaker position. I don't know how he stands in the upcoming election at this time. Anybody know?
Putting aside the back and forth about why Romney said what he did when he did, his best strategy in this election is to talk about the still-struggling economy every day between now and Nov. 6. To purposefully divert from that strategy to engage in a battle on foreign policy -- a topic few outside Amtrak's Northeast Corridor care about -- is baffling at best and wrongheaded at worst. Right. Who cares about a few foreign service guys getting waxed in some third-world poophole? Who cares about hostages held for 444 days? Nobody cares about that country anymore; it just faded away when we ignored it.
The Wapo has invented time travel. We lost four guys including an ambassador because of something Romney did after they were killed, not because Champ or Hills were asleep at the switch before they were killed. I'm pretty sure there was a Star Trek episode about this.
The United States and President Barack Obama have suffered a pretty bad week, but for varying reasons. The U.S. was dealt a heavy blow Tuesday when the American Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, was brutally murdered in a coordinated attack on a consulate in Benghazi. But the focus of most of the press has, to their disgrace, been on the appropriateness of the timing of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's attacks on the president over this incident. In the space of the last 24 hours, however, the president has committed two offenses against both etiquette and policy that should be reported on extensively.
On Wednesday, in an interview with the Spanish-language network Telemundo, the president was asked about the attacks on two U.S. embassies in North Africa, specifically a breach of America's embassy in Cairo by crowds of protesters. The Telemundo reporter asked if Obama considered Egypt an ally. Obama replied that the United States did not consider Egypt an ally, "but we don't consider them an enemy."
This remark displays a flippant nonchalance about American security policy and a downright antipathy for history and the work of generations of Obama's predecessors.
Article goes on to expose how BO (not his dog Bo) "has bucked more than 30 years of American foreign policy in a critical region."
Posted by: Au Auric ||
I read some report that the Obama guys think this is a great opportunity for them. I think they suspect they'll get a rally around the flag momentum out of this the Bush did after Sept 11 but this is different. This was caused by folly and made worse by weakness.
I'm not sure if the left is deluding themselves or lying in order to construct a narrative they hope others will buy. My own take is not the campaign is Romney's to lose.
Meanwhile Bernake has instituted been printing money, and buying up mortgages to securitize investments setting things up for another bubble like the last one--I fear a double dip recession when it breaks. The U.S. has been downgraded again under Champ because of a lack of coherent economic policies.
It's understood that the MSM will try to make Romney look like a right wing whacko if he tries to tell the truth about these things. But they're gonna do that anyway so he just needs to start telling the truth anyway. The death of our ambassador in Libya can be laid directly at the feet of Hillary Clinton. He should tell it like it is and call for her resignation. He should tell anybody who will listen that he will NOT apologize for the US Constitution. If there is still anybody in this country who cares about the US Constitution that message might just work.
Posted by: Abu Uluque ||
Romney's worst week?
I think Amb. Stevens unfortunately had a worse one.
Cheez, the Post is acting like Champ now. What's next, the editors go golfing?
Posted by: Steve White ||
"I'm not sure if the left is deluding themselves or lying in order to construct a narrative they hope others will buy."
No reason it can't be both. :-(
Posted by: Barbara ||
The rioters want to impose Rushdie Rules on non-muslims in the West. This is NOT a foreign policy issue for any Western nation.
CJCS Dempsey called Terry Jones, the creator of 'Innocence of Muslims' has been semi-arrested.
Producing a film in the CA or holding a ceremony in FL isn't foreign policy.
This is not about 'them' who live 'over there.'
This is about us, residents and citizens of Western nations.
Posted by: Spike Spawn of the Nebraskans8288 ||
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.