Saving American Lives Slips on Presidential Priority List

I think we all know why Barack Obama’s White House released some documents pertaining to enhanced interrogations and not others. It’s classic agenda-setting. It’s typical of people who depend upon shaping public opinion through misrepresentations and omissions rather than through fact and common sense. It’s a hallmark of left-leaning politicans afraid to let the American people know the truth and determined, just as usual, to put party before country.

This isn’t President Bush going into Iraq because of Weapons of Mass Destruction, later found to have been a false positive in terms of intelligence. In that case, all of the information on the table pointed toward the intelligence being reliable, enough so that many Democrats supported the war effort based on that information. In this case, all of the information may be available, but the Democrats are purposely holding much of it back from the American public in an attempt to fraudulently undermine anti-terror efforts done by those thankless individuals who now likely fear an indictment by this counterproductive and contraconstitutional administration.

Even the memos which have been released have been improperly reported on by the mainstream press, which for the past few news cycles have somehow missed evidence showing that, indeed, the CIA’s enhanced interrogation tactics worked. Take a look, for example, at this excerpt from “The CIA’s Questioning Worked,” a piece by Marc Thiessen in today’s Washington Post:

Consider the Justice Department memo of May 30, 2005. It notes that “the CIA believes ‘the intelligence acquired from these interrogations has been a key reason why al Qaeda has failed to launch a spectacular attack in the West since 11 September 2001.’ . . . In particular, the CIA believes that it would have been unable to obtain critical information from numerous detainees, including [Khalid Sheik Mohammed] and Abu Zubaydah, without these enhanced techniques.” The memo continues: “Before the CIA used enhanced techniques . . . KSM resisted giving any answers to questions about future attacks, simply noting, ‘Soon you will find out.’ ” Once the techniques were applied, “interrogations have led to specific, actionable intelligence, as well as a general increase in the amount of intelligence regarding al Qaeda and its affiliates.”

Specifically, interrogation with enhanced techniques “led to the discovery of a KSM plot, the ‘Second Wave,’ ‘to use East Asian operatives to crash a hijacked airliner into’ a building in Los Angeles.” KSM later acknowledged before a military commission at Guantanamo Bay that the target was the Library Tower, the tallest building on the West Coast. The memo explains that “information obtained from KSM also led to the capture of Riduan bin Isomuddin, better known as Hambali, and the discovery of the Guraba Cell, a 17-member Jemmah Islamiyah cell tasked with executing the ‘Second Wave.’ ” In other words, without enhanced interrogations, there could be a hole in the ground in Los Angeles to match the one in New York.

Personally, I’m not for releasing anything at all. To me, it looks like a sign of weakness, and it does nothing for those who continue to remain on the front lines of our fight against radical Islamic jihad. Still, if part is going to be released, everything should be released.

And, for crying out loud, Barack Obama needs to stop apologizing for the United States.

Just today, he essentially told the press that, with regard to enhanced interrogation tactics, “mistakes have been made.” I argue that no, Mr. President, mistakes have not been made. Not if American lives have been saved.

As the CIA continues to stand by its May 2005 assertion that waterboarding Khalid Sheikh Mohammed provided information which directly foiled a 9/11-style attack on Los Angeles, I wonder if the president would deem it a “mistake” that thousands of American children can hug their mothers and fathers today, a luxury which thousands more cannot manage in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C.

Why must the political left work so hard to undermine the efforts of those who sacrifice everything to keep us safe? Why does this administration place the well-being of people who want, with every fiber of their being, to kill innocent American men, women and children ahead of the safety of those people they are sworn to protect? To make matters worse, in what looks like an overnight change of policy (that’s what happens when you lack principles), Barack Obama says that he is open to Eric Holder’s Justice Department prosecuting lawyers who rubber-stamped the enhanced interrogation tactics. This is insane.

Just like his counterproductive tax and regulatory schemes will force honest, hard-working Americans to rethink doing business in the United States of America, Obama’s abominable approach to national security will force hard-working patriots to rethink whether it’s worth facing prosecution in order to defend this nation.

Obama’s rhetoric today smacked of a combination of Jack Nicholson in A Few Good Men and Burgess Meredith in Rocky. While the president didn’t come out and say outright that he eats lightning and craps thunder, Obama’s rhetoric did reach a fever pitch, with the president saying that he wakes up each morning wondering what he can do to keep Americans safe, and goes to bed each night worrying that it might not have been enough. More empty words.

Islamofascists don’t care about rhetoric. They don’t care what the president looks like with his shirt off. They notice action, and they notice weakness. Barack Obama is making this nation perceptibly and truly weaker in the face of the jihadist threat. Above all else, what Barack Obama needs to remember is that upholding the Constitution and providing for the safety of the American people are at the top of his duties as president of the United States – not pandering to or appeasing his counterparts overseas.

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  1. boatergirl says:

    Of course, the duties of an American president are to uphold the Constitution and keep America strong and safe in the midst of turmoil. This is NOT Obama’s #1 duty:
    1. Because he is NOT a natural born Citizen
    2. He has NO allegiance to the Constitution or the United States
    3. He is concerned with appearance and popularity
    4. He has an agenda that was set by others pulling his strings
    5. His only allegiance is to himself and his Muslim faith

    The man is a traitor and America needs to wake up and start protecting our Constitution and Bill of Rights!

  2. Gail B says:

    Looks like AKA Obama is missing the point on a lot of topics.

    This just came from Representative Walter B. Jones (R-3rd NC):

    JONES OPPOSES PRESIDENT’S CALL FOR BILLIONS IN EXTRA FUNDING FOR IMF

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, the White House called on Congress to swiftly approve up to $100 billion in new U.S. funding for the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The request follows the Group of 20 summit earlier this month, where world leaders agreed to expand the IMF’s emergency borrowing authority by $500 billion. Although the White House downplayed the contribution’s effect on the federal budget, the U.S. Treasury would need to borrow any amount it gives or loans the IMF.

    Congressman Jones’ statement follows below:

    “With the federal government already running more than $2 trillion in deficits, I am extremely disappointed by President Obama’s call to send billions of taxpayer dollars overseas. It makes no sense for the U.S. to borrow from nations like China in order to provide money for an international institution that will dole out funds to developing nations that compete with America for jobs.”

    “America’s total public debt stands at $11.18 trillion and, in the past five years, foreign ownership of that debt has roughly doubled from $1.6 trillion to more than $3 trillion. China holds nearly one third of that money. Right now, every household in the America would have to write a check for $39,451 to pay our foreign creditors.”

    “With America suffering an economic downturn, we need to take measures to prevent a bad situation from growing worse. Our government can’t keep spending what it doesn’t have. It’s time to stop growing our debt by sending American tax dollars overseas, and start rebuilding America.”

    ###

  3. Anonymous says:

    Graff said. “It’s not a normal way to look at a president of the United States but this is not a normal president.”

    At least Graff made one true statement while defending the cover of the magazine. I don’t care who is “hot” in Washington. I just want Washington to listen to EVERYONE and stop censoring the things that PROVE they are wrong.

    Jeff, I agree with what you have said here and I ask anyone who prays to keep all of our troops in much needed prayer. I also fear their lives are in even more danger because of the release of these documents. SHOW US ALL THE DOCUMENTS Washington, not just the parts that further your deception.

    God Bless Our Troops!
    Sally

  4. Gail B says:

    Calm down, Jeff–your boiling blood is too loud!

    AKA is going to do everything he can to make the Bush administration look bad while blaming anybody possible for his own warped regime.

    Yesterday he said he wasn’t going to prosecute the interrogators. Now he wants to prosecute the lawyers who advised the interrogators.

    The near-sighted AG, however, has no plans yet to investigate any Democrat, including Obama.

  5. Dee says:

    I truly believe that our enemies will come after us again under BO’s administration. I feel that it is only a matter of time. This man has no respect for the country that he was elected to represent. I find him to be an embarrassment. His apologies to everyone regarding the United States only makes him appear weak. He is now “shirtless” on a magazine cover. I’m sorry but there are many who do not find him to be that attractive. He thinks he is a movie star and acts that way.
    I agree that this traitor needs to be out of office asap. He went back on his word about prosecuting those involved but will leave it up to Holder, therefore, he will not be to blame. He is not to blame for anything negative. He not only delegates jobs to be done but he delegates responsibility and blame. If something turns out good then he will take credit for it.
    Thank you, Jeff, for another inspiring article.

  6. HYPOCRITE says:

    WILL release security sensitive documents, but WON’T release his long form birth certificate.

  7. TOO SEXY FOR MY SHIRT says:

    Nice magazine cover, think he shaves downstairs TOO?

  8. Anonymous says:

    “It’s typical of people who depend upon shaping public opinion through misrepresentations and omissions rather than through fact and common sense.”

    This is arguably the single most entertaining statement ever made on this blog.

    Yeah Jeff, don’t you just hate when people try to shape opinion through misrepresentations and omissions instead of fact and common sense? Maybe you could discuss this a little more at the end of tomorrow’s post? You know, the one about how Janet Napolitano has never explicitly denied saying that the 9/11 attacks made her happy and she hopes something like them happens again.

  9. Linda says:

    All I know is I’m stocking food and bulding a bomb shelter because the attack and destruction (perhaps from within) is coming.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Group think in action again – Obama looks like he needs a training bra in that picture – Hot he is NOT!! It is completely inappropriate for the President of the United States to be portrayed in this manner – more inappropriate that the goof ball occupying the White House is promoting it!

  11. LUCKY STRIKES says:

    You just wonder how black and tarry the lungs inside that godly body are.

  12. I DO SOLEMNLY SWEAR says:

    If everybody who takes the oath, would just honor that oath, we’d be an invincible nation… fiscally, militarily, and morally.

  13. HELLO DOLLY says:

    Looks like he might be on hormone injections.

  14. THE TRUTH HURTS says:

    boatergirl is so right on.

  15. tm says:

    You are absolutely right, Jeff. I wonder what he is doing behind the scenes while he distracts us with his flip flop of possible prosecution of the bush administration and the party who lost, which is us. The huge flip flop from yesterday and today could have something to do with moveon.org and our evil little shadow man george soros putting brain strain on him. Maybe the distraction was put on because of this:

    Soros worms his way into the Pentagon
    http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2009/04/soros_worms_his_way_into_the_p.html

    PS I went to get myself a cup of coffee and saw that cover and almost threw up.

  16. CAL says:

    Keeping Americans safe is not Obama’s number one priority. His number one priority is to be the most loved, popular man in the world. America will be less safe as a result.

  17. Anonymous says:

    This picture rates right up there with the “news” that former Pres. Clinton wears boxers.

    So incredibly inappropriate.

    Jeano

  18. David says:

    Love this blog. It appears most of you right wing anarchists and bigots.

  19. Anonymous says:

    This seems so out there I hesitate to write it, but two times . . . ?

    I’m a little concerned about this report by Pam Gellar of Atlas Shrugs. It wouldn’t bug me so, but it’s the second murder in the past few years that so conveniently solves a “problem” for Obama. The first was an openly gay minister at his church (Rev. Wright’s church) with whom Larry Sinclair alleged BO had had a lengthy affair and wanted to talk about it. I was willing to brush that off as impossible in a presidential candidacy just for its sheer sordidness. But now, here’s a second murder of the man investigating Obama’s passport file break in about a year ago. Gellar alleges the break in was deliberate in order to tamper with the passport in relation to BO’s trip to Pakistan as a young man.

    Do you think there is any reason to be concerned about this? I can’t shake being totally creeped out. Here’s the link:

    http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2009/04/key-witness-in-presidential-passport-tampering-case-murdered.html

  20. goddessdivine says:

    At first I thought that mag cover was another photoshop graphic; how sad that it’s not. I want a president who can kick butt and get things done…..not one who makes the cover a magazine, shirtless, as if he’s some sort of eye candy. What is this world coming to?

  21. Anonymous says:

    Maybe his REAL birth certificate shows he was born FEMALE, THAT’s what he’s hiding!

  22. Anonymous says:

    None of what Hussein does should surprise anyone. He violated the constitution to run for the office he now holds. Moral integrity does not apply.

  23. KING DAVID? says:

    I guess anybody that would like a little less government than these lib progressives would appear as an ‘anarchist’ to you David. Thinking the guy has boobs doesn’t make us bigots either.

  24. Anonymous says:

    He looks famished. The picture is testless and inappropiate for a president of the USA. He looks like he is posing for a job in a men’s night club. He is a disgrace for our Nation. Because he has no merit of his one, he is ready,and always was(that is his lack of character) to mudd everybody in order to be observed. What a coward and ugly character he has. I didn’t vote for him and never will. Detest this type of human characters.

  25. JasonZ says:

    Jeff, I must respectfully “disagree” with you … mistakes WERE made:

    A man was sworn in as POTUS without showing he was legally eligible to hold the office … and WE, the American People have let it happen.

    Our Congress has passed multiple stimulus and recovery bills so fast they haven’t had time to even read what’s in them … and WE, the American People haven’t recalled our representatives or petitioned for redress over these unconscionable actions.

    Our Secretary Homeland Security, has flagrantly violated US law regarding illegal aliens, failed to protect the borders of the US, announced she has done so willingly and knowingly, and redefined terms inherently known to any high school student … and WE, the American People, haven’t demanded that she be impeached for high crimes (or did “treason” get redefined, like “terrorist” did … as a “human-related act”?) and misdemeanors.

    Yes, mistakes HAVE been made … and WE the American People made them … but not in Iraq and not in Afghanistan. Rather the mistake was who we came to trust in November 2008.

    Fortunately that is a mistake that can be corrected … starting at the top — voting out every single member of this Congress and then petitioning for impeachment trials for the AKA and his “cabinet” …

    Ooops, guess I exercised my former rights under the former First Amendment, making me a right-wing terrorist … and I’m proud of it!

    JasonZ

  26. T.I.M. says:

    It turns out the “classified” docs that were released had all the parts showing the good that was achieved through intensive interrogation blacked out (fitting?). Now, will Eric Holder, the man who pardoned the FALN terrorists, go after people who tried to defend this country by any means NECESSARY??

  27. sharon says:

    Nothing about this makes any sense at all. It is such a full time job to keep track of this fellow isn’t it? Everyday I am surprised yet again, and I have no reason to be I think most of us new all of this going in. I just cannot figure out what his motive is, beyond the obvious. I am struck at the fact he has no stopping point. Most politicians have the preverbial line they will not cross so as not to hinder their re election or political future. He has none. It is almost as if he has no intent on going anywhere. I have just never seen anything like this in my lifetime. Bush worked hard at preventing 9/11 # 2 How must he feel when everything he worked so hard for is completely being undone at breakneck speed?

  28. Anonymous says:

    Agree with boater girl and Sharon.

    He is most probably a narcissist and seeks revenge on our country for his disjointed (family)past and his socialistic/communistic “Sol Alinsky”-Frank Marshall Davis” indoctrination–not to mention is non-citizenship and dual alliances.

    He exhibits all of the characteristics of NPD:

    1. has a grandiose sense of self-importance
    2. is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love
    3. believes that he or she is “special”
    4. requires excessive admiration
    5. has a sense of entitlement
    6. is interpersonally exploitative
    7. lacks empathy
    8. is often envious of others or believes others are envious of him or her
    9. shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes

  29. Courtney says:

    Here's a scary thought….and, no, I've not seen any references to this possibility. It's just my overactive imagination on hyperdrive….

    I've mentioned the martial law possibility before….but what if the "agenda" also includes freezing upcoming elections. The other half (our half) of the U.S. did not vote for B.O. and are waiting for the chance to vote him & those who voted for the stimulus out. What if we don't get the chance?

  30. Anonymous says:

    According to Fox News that pic WAS photoshopped. In the original he is wearing black swim trunks and is not showing a golden glow. They enhanced his shoulders to make him look more buff.

    Sally

  31. Anonymous says:

    The country will most certainly pay the price for the release of these documents and the presidents blatent disrespect for America. All I can say is arm yourselves before the option is taken from you.

  32. Lilly says:

    Jeff-
    My blood is boiling right there with yours. I believe (& hope I'm right) that they will not go after anyone for prosecution of this. If they do, then there will have to be FULL disclosure. That's something they do not want. He released these and is saying there's a possibility because of pressures from the liberals. All they hear is what he says, not what he does. JMHO.

  33. Anonymous says:

    “As the CIA continues to stand by its May 2005 assertion that waterboarding Khalid Sheikh Mohammed provided information which directly foiled a 9/11-style attack on Los Angeles,”

    I wonder if it had anything to do with this:

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1841807/posts

    Report confirms terror dry run

    By Audrey Hudson THE WASHINGTON TIMES Published May 30, 2007

    Download the inspector general report (PDF)

    A newly released inspector general report backs eyewitness accounts of suspicious behavior by 13 Middle Eastern men on a Northwest Airlines flight in 2004 and reveals several missteps by government officials, including failure to file an incident report until a month after the matter became public.

    According to the Homeland Security report, the “suspicious passengers,” 12 Syrians and their Lebanese-born promoter, were traveling on Flight 327 from Detroit to Los Angeles on expired visas. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services extended the visas one week after the June 29, 2004, incident.

    The report also says that a background check in the FBI’s National Crime Information Center database, which was performed June 18 as part of a visa-extension application, produced “positive hits” for past criminal records or suspicious behavior for eight of the 12 Syrians, who were traveling in the U.S. as a musical group.

    In addition, the band’s promoter was listed in a separate FBI database on case investigations for acting suspiciously aboard a flight months earlier. He was detained a third time in September on a return trip to the U.S. from Istanbul, the details of which were redacted.

    The inspector general criticized the Homeland Security officials for not reporting the incident to the Homeland Security Operations Center (HSOC), which serves as the nation’s nerve center for information sharing and domestic incident management.

    The report comes three years after the incident, which was not officially acknowledged until a month later, after The Washington Times reported passenger and marshal complaints that the incident resembled a dry run for a terrorist attack. After reviewing the report, air marshals say it confirms their earlier suspicions.

  34. Dee says:

    David, welome to this blog. I do not agree that we are anarchists. Most of us appear to like less government involment in our lives. We do not call those who disagree with us names. I’m sure that if you are willing to keep your mind open and your mouth closed, you may learn something. Take care and do visit again.

  35. NAME CALLER says:

    Dee, I am so angry lately, I DO call names. I shouldn’t, but I do.

  36. Gail B says:

    Interesting that you included the Washingtonian magazine with Obama’s picture on the cover…the picture was photoshopped! Here’s the link where the original photograph is shown:

    http://newsbusters.org/blogs/warner-todd-huston/2009/04/24/obamideal-magazine-photoshops-prez-image-cover-it-ethical

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