Terrorism is really nothing new in this country. The bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church was just as much as act of terrorism as Oklahoma City. The KKK has long been known for its terrorism. Perhaps we should make sure we call their actions exactly what they were. Terrorism. People who commit terrorism are terrorists. It’s really that simple.
The death of 4 girls whose only sin was going to Sunday School let America know that no one was safe. Perhaps on that day Americans were shaken from their complacency. Perhaps that day, September 15, 1963, real change began.
MSNBC’s Chris Matthews called Texas Sen. Ted Cruz a “political terrorist” on Wednesday after the tea-party favorite called on fellow Republicans to defund Obamacare and said that a government shutdown wouldn’t necessarily spell disaster for Republicans.
“I believe it’s terrorism: This is the first time I’ve seen a political party, or even a fraction of it, say that their number one goal is to shutdown the American government, kill a bill that’s already been passed by congress, and refuse to pay bills already run up by congress in an attempt to basically risk default,” Matthews said on MSNBC’s Hardball. “This is an attempt to destroy all we know of the republican form of government in this country.”
The term “terrorist” elicited discomfort from both Republian (sic) strategist Steve Schmidt and former Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod, both of whom said the word should be reserved for people like the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing.
These are NOT the same video.
[There are] … transcripts of a guy named Jerry Boykin, retired general and a guy named Frank Gaffney explaining their cockamamy conspiracy theory that Hillary Clinton had secretly rigged the Egyptian elections to favor the Muslim brotherhood. people in Egypt read that. They did not know the people who were talking were wing nut right wing conspiracy theorists.
Those same right wing nut jobs have also said that Anthony Weiner’s wife, was an instrument of the Muslim Brotherhood. They also asserted that if the US passed any immigration reform, “we’d all be wearing ragheads.” What do you expect from a group that says Roe vs. Wade is Sharia law?
You don’t have to go to the Middle East to hear crazy talk.
Meanwhile, after the series of blunders by Mitt Romney as he desperately tried to comment on foreign policy, the Republicans plop their appointed 2nd in command down in the middle of all this?
What were they thinking? There aren’t that many stupid Americans and there isn’t enough tin foil.
UPDATE: Confirmed reports indicate that the person killed was the U.S, Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens. Information is being updated by the minute. 4 Americans in all were killed. Ambassador Stevens helped free the Libyan people. President Obama issued the following statement:
“I strongly condemn the outrageous attack on our diplomatic facility in Benghazi, which took the lives of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. Right now, the American people have the families of those we lost in our thoughts and prayers. They exemplified America’s commitment to freedom, justice, and partnership with nations and people around the globe, and stand in stark contrast to those who callously took their lives. I have directed my Administration to provide all necessary resources to support the security of our personnel in Libya, and to increase security at our diplomatic posts around the globe. While the United States rejects efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others, we must all unequivocally oppose the kind of senseless violence that took the lives of these public servants.”
Demonstrators attacked a U.S. consulate in Libya, killing one American, and breached the walls of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, amid angry protests over a film by a U.S. producer that mocks and insults the Prophet Muhammad.
The movie, “Innocence of Muslims,” was directed and produced by an Israeli-American real-estate developer who characterized it as a political effort to call attention to the hypocrisies of Islam. It has been promoted by Terry Jones, the Florida pastor whose burning of Qurans previously sparked deadly riots around the world.
Each of us remembers 9-11 in our own way. It has been 11 years. In many ways, on this day we are stuck in a time warp of disbelief and will forever visualize those planes hitting the buildings, the falling bodies, the crumpling buildings and that huge cloud of poisonous debris hurling forward at those trying to escape its fury. When do we move on from those horrible visuals to a quieter more reflective mood?
It’s another clear, cripsy fall Tuesday in September, just like 9/11/01. I am going to try to start today. I may not make it. Feel free to share your 9/11 thoughts.
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9/11 at 11: the lost United States of 10 September 2001
September 11, 2001 is a milestone date in history that nearly everyone living at the time will recall in detail for the rest of their lives. I will always remember sitting at my desk in my office at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama, eyes fixed on the television in the credenza sitting on the other side of the room. I recall watching the towers fall and wondering how it would change America.
Like this 10 September, 10 September 2001 was a Monday. The only reason I know that is because it was the day before an enormous tragedy that is permanently etched into my mind, and that happened on a Tuesday. I went to the same office and sat at the same desk on Monday as I did on Tuesday, but I have no recollection of one day and a vivid recollection of the other. Even though I do not recall any of the details of Monday 10 September, sometimes I think about how America might be different if we could turn back the clock.
Moe explains the process that one goes through upon exiting the military as far as what you are and are not able to do. He says there is no time limit on classified information.
Matt Bissonnette is a former navy seal who claims the book, “No Easy Day,” is not political. Moe Davis says the author clearly knew he was violating the exit terms of agreement–regulations he signed. Davis also states that the book is clearly political.
[Correction: The book will be released 9/11/12. It is a best seller on Amazon in pre-sales].
The book has been released and is already a best seller on Amazon. It was not vetted. It needed to be. It is undetermined if Bissonnette will be prosecuted. Should he be punished? Is he a traitor or a hero? Did he leak classified information? This issue will probably be argued for a decade.
Meanwhile, Colonel Davis sees the book as a lose/lose situation for the Obama administration.
The following is the opinion of the poster and does not necessarily represent the views of moonhowlings.net administration.
I was amused last week as I heard one of our bloggers accuse Moe Davis of being an ‘Obama Boy.’ I would say he fits in no one’s niche. He is his own man. I don’t agree totally with Moe but I respect his opinion and willingly accept that he was there and I wasn’t. He also knows the law a little better than I do.
The final analysis must come from Mark Twain:
It is difference of opinion that makes horse races.
Will anyone ever be tried for war crimes? Is the USA duplicitous or hypocritical?
I really haven’t minded killing terrorists. I think that is why we have spent about 10 years at war, ringing up billions of tax dollars belonging to the American people–to rid of world of terrorists. Gaddafi was a terrorist. He has been a terrorist my entire adult life. Just because the United States eased up on him a little makes him no less a terrorist and I truly believe he had a paw print on the Lockabie terrorist attack.
Now, having said all that, no, I don’t mind that he was killed and no I don’t mind that he met the business end of one of our drones. I don’t believe that us being involved made droning him a political assassination.
I do believe what I saw on TV was wrong. I know when I first started watching the video clip, he was alive. Words were coming out of his mouth. I don’t know what they meant but they were his words. Then I saw his assassination and his body desecrated. I saw him kicked and spat on in death. That is taking it too far. Is that was all this war was about? It appears to me that we have gone from bad to worse. Those killers were animals. Have we turned over an entire country to people who behave like this and defile others in death? Might as well have kept Gaddafi. At least he pretended to have a modicum of civility. The Libyans we saw on TV finishing off their leader for decades represent an evil side of mankind. If that is sharia law, let’s just stick with anarchy or dictators.
Much has been said since the death of Bin Laden about how the aftermath was handled. And yes, there are already conspiracy theorists popping up. Are they the deathers–the ones who don’t believe he is really dead?
Currently the debate is whether to release the photos of dead Osama Bin Laden. Are the pictures too gross? Will his followers get them and martyr him even further? Or is it just in bad taste? According to CNN, 56% of Americans want to see the pictures of him dead.