Friday, November 10, 2006

We Live in Interesting Times

Foreigners are voicing opinions about our congressional elections as related to the global war against Islamic terrorists.

TEHRAN: Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called the US congressional elections a victory for Iran. “With the scandalous defeat of America's policies in Iraq, Palestine, Lebanon and Afghanistan, America's threats are empty threats on an international scale,” the Supreme Leader said.

BAGHDAD: Al-Qaida in Iraq leader Abu Ayyub al-Masri claimed in a new audio tape Friday to be winning the war faster than expected in Iraq. “The al-Qaida army has 12,000 fighters in Iraq, and they have vowed to die for God's sake,” Abu said. “We haven't had enough of your blood yet,” he told the US, and “we will not rest from our Jihad until we have blown up the filthiest house _ which is called the White House.”

Iraqi Minister Ali al-Shemari repeated the government's demands for a speedier US transfer of authority to Iraqi forces and the withdrawal of US troops to their bases, away from Iraq's cities and towns. “The army of America didn't do its job. ... They tie the hands of my government,” al-Shemari said. He apparently approves of the Zakaria-Lama plan.

LONDON: British authorities are tracking 30 terrorist plots involving 1,600 people in 200 terror cells. MI5 head, Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller warned that young British Muslims are at risk of being radicalized by extremists and predicted the fight against terrorism would last a generation.

Manningham-Buller warned future threats would come from “chemicals, bacteriological agents, radioactive materials and even nuclear technology.” Prime Minister Tony Blair said that the threat from international terrorism “is serious, is growing, and will, I believe, be with us for a generation.”

BERLIN: Legal documents to be filed next week in Germany will seek a criminal investigation and prosecution of Donald Rumsfeld, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, former CIA director George Tenet and other senior US officials, for their alleged roles in abuses committed at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison and at the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The plaintiffs in the case include Mohammad al-Qahtani who is identified as the “20th hijacker” and a would-be participant in the 9/11 attacks. Time magazine reported that Qahtani underwent a “special interrogation plan” at Gitmo that included sexual humiliation, religious humiliation, prolonged stress positions, sleep deprivation and watching The View every morning. (Oh, no, not more Rosie, he was heard to say.)

Also in Germany, investigations are under way in parliament concerning cooperation between the CIA and German intelligence. The leftist Center for Constitutional Rights, a US organization, is helping to bring the legal action in Germany. The US has rejected submission to the International Criminal Court on grounds that it could be used to unjustly prosecute US citizens for political reasons. I’d say it is time to bring our troops home from Germany.

Now that the Democrats have taken control of both houses of congress, they will have a leading role in dealing with these and other serious issues. The voters have to wonder how they will do.

Will the Dems follow the lead of Rep. Henry Waxman, D-CA, who said his committee will investigate the Bush administration's running of the government and that there are so many areas of possible wrong doing, his biggest problem will be deciding which ones to pursue. Among the issues that should have been investigated, Waxman contended, was the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal. Attention Berlin!

Or will the Dems follow the lead of Sen. Evan Bayh, D-IN, who said: “It's up to us to prove that we're something better than just a mirror image of the people they voted against. And if we serve up a highly partisan, ideologically extreme, Democratic version of what they just voted against, we're not going to do very well. And the country won't do very well.”

Yes, we live in interesting times.

11 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, 2 days after the elections the terrorist threat all of a sudden got worse! Never mind that Bush has been in office for 6 years. You guys are so gullible. You're being played by the terrorists. They're not dumb. They fully understand that as long as Bush is in office and America overreacts by bombing all of the brown people that we are creating more sentiment against us! Stop being played for such fools!

10:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was time to bring out troops home from Germany long ago! They need the russians to take them over!

Can you imagine nancy pillosi as president? Or Waxman? Or any democrat? oooohhhh it gives me the shivers!!

Thanks for the party!

Helen

7:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shut up Helen. Go read some actual history books and get yourself a little better informed.

10:34 AM  
Blogger Bill Lama said...

Anony,
"Shut up" is just so intelligent. Lefties never let me down.

By the way, Helen teaches college and would clean your clock in history.

11:26 AM  
Blogger fetching jen said...

If I didn't know better, I'd think I was reading notes being passed in 7th grade homeroom... what pathetic comments anon.

Good post Bill. Yes, interesting times... and I'll take a class from Helen anytime.

11:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bill, this is to you & the continuing jingoist pundit losers:
It pays to listen. The U.S. electorate said NO to the war. It said NO to the policy maniacs, the Bush-Cheney-Rove-Perle-Wolfowitz-Norquist authoritarian imperial wing of the "Republican Party." They said NO to the coward Bush who is hedging his bet by lying to the American public about keeping Rummy then fired him as an act of faux concession when in fact papa Bush and Baker and company told him to dump that loser.)

And they said NO to your systemic, religious, holier than thou, know everything, ranting hypocrisy and duplicity.

You just don't get it -- your racist, imperialist view of the war is a loser: you were wrong in creating a slave nation and then committing treason to defend it; you were wrong in occupying Cuba; you were wrong in your war against Mexico, you were wrong in occupying the Philippines, you were wrong in Korea; you were wrong in your war against "world wide communism" when the transgressor was the dictatorship of the Soviet Union. Symptomatic of this was that you were wrong in Vietnam.

Your juvenile "cut and run" rant against the American common sense is your pathetic grip on the defeat in South East Asia. You're like carnivorous rats clinging to a torpedoed ship.

Bush doesn't get it either: in an act of continuing arrogance he gave America and the world the middle finger by pushing the nomination of John Bolton as permanent ambassador to the UN ... arguably one of the worst of the worst of arrogant, male jingoists to come down the pike since malevolent Rudyard Kipling was the first to undertake saving the "heathen" world as the White Man's Burden.

As IMUS, one of your pet TV talk mongers, would say: Shut Up!

12:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Helen teaches college? Hopefully nothing more rigorous than advanced basket weaving! That is truly a scary concept, one the Bill Lama Blue Hair Brigade teaching college!~ Funny stuff, keep 'em coming!

7:55 AM  
Blogger fetching jen said...

Hey anon, speaking of racist imperialists, you are wrong. And you forgot to add the Crusades into your rant...

Conservative American foreign policy has kept you alive to live another day in your eutopian liberal victim bubble. Thank a vet.

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