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You read that right… the guy who made his entire political fortune on being the most vocal opponent of the Iraq War is now confirming it will send military support to Syria in the midst of a civil war.

White House officials confirmed Thursday that the administration would send weapons and other aid to rebel Syrian forces after determining that leader Bashar al-Assad has used chemical weapons against the opposition.

So let me get this straight… according to Obama, President Bush illegally sent troops to Iraq based on evidence (at the time) that it possessed a chemical weapons program (and was proven to have used chemical weapons in the past) after Bush obtained authorization from Congress, per the Constitution. But it’s okay for Obama to send our military and weapons to support a bunch of street rebels engaged in a civil war that has no bearing on our national interests?

To make matters worse, those Syrian Rebels that the Obama administration is pledging to arm… have pledged loyalty to Al-Qaida.

For those keeping score at home… according to Barack Obama, it’s illegal to follow the Constitutional protocol and secure Congressional authorization to send military into a country threatening American and ally interests and who have been tied to al-Qaida… but it’s perfectly acceptable to send military support to a country engaged in a civil war to help folks who have pledged loyalty to al-Qaida.

Got it. Hope and change!

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Given the embarrassing results of his stumping for Democrat candidates in Virginia, New Jersey and Massachussetts and his miserable failure in campaigning for the Olympics in Copenhagen, I’ve figured out a winning strategy for us to defeat the terrorists….

Send Barack Obama to the middle east to campaign for al-Qaida.

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Iraq War Lies
June 9th, 2008 9:01 am

So the Democrats distributed a perfectly timed, campaign-season indictment of the Bush adminstration’s action in Iraq on the heels of an anti-war candidate clinching the party’s nomination. And their cohorts in the media picked up with the “Bush lied” meme and ran with it, full force.

ABCNews:

Bush ‘falsely led US to Iraq war’, says report

CBSNews:

Report: Bush Misled U.S. On Iraq Intel

USAToday:

“President Bush and his top officials deliberately misrepresented secret intelligence to make the case to invade Iraq, according to the Senate Intelligence Committee.”

CNN:

Senate report slams Bush over prewar intelligence

And many, many more

Sounds mighty damning… if only any of it were true. Unfortunately for Democrats in Washington and in the media, the whole story is readily available to the average person. And the report that they all claim bashes the Bush administration for “lying”, “misleading”, “duping” and “misrepresenting” intelligence information for the purposes of launching an unnecessary war doesn’t come close to accusing the Bush administration of malfeasance… in fact, it bolsters the administration’s case.

On Iraq’s nuclear weapons program? The president’s statements “were generally substantiated by intelligence community estimates.”

On biological weapons, production capability and those infamous mobile laboratories? The president’s statements “were substantiated by intelligence information.”

On chemical weapons, then? “Substantiated by intelligence information.”

On weapons of mass destruction overall (a separate section of the intelligence committee report)? “Generally substantiated by intelligence information.”

Delivery vehicles such as ballistic missiles? “Generally substantiated by available intelligence.”

Unmanned aerial vehicles that could be used to deliver WMDs? “Generally substantiated by intelligence information.”

[S]tatements regarding Iraq’s support for terrorist groups other than al-Qaeda “were substantiated by intelligence information.”

Statements that Iraq provided safe haven for Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and other terrorists with ties to al-Qaeda “were substantiated by the intelligence assessments,” and statements regarding Iraq’s contacts with al-Qaeda “were substantiated by intelligence information.”

Here’s the report, read it for yourself. (Of course, if you’ve been paying attention, you know that even the Clinton administration tied Saddam & Iraq to bin Laden and al-Qaida on multiple occasions in the 1990s and often even warned us of the threat Iraq posed)

Sure, lying and deceit has been a big part of the Iraq war… but it’s been on the part of disingenous and politically-motivated Democrats and their liberal friends in the media… It’s their specialty, so it’s not surprising they’re so good at it.

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Saddam’s Terror Ties
March 24th, 2008 3:33 pm

I posted about this back in January, 2006 and again in June, 2006, and a new report is out that’s getting almost no attention in the media. The Wall Street Journal wonders why.

Five years on, few Iraq myths are as persistent as the notion that the Bush Administration invented a connection between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda. Yet a new Pentagon report suggests that Iraq’s links to world-wide terror networks, including al Qaeda, were far more extensive than previously understood.

Just add this to the long list of links that includes the Clinton administration’s indictment of Osama Bin Laden that laid out his relationship with Iraq, and aside from Clinton’s own national coordinator of counterterrorism and computer security programs’ assessment, etc.

For 20 years, such “support” included using Fedayeen Saddam training camps to school terrorists, especially Palestinians but also non-Iraqis “directly associated” with al Qaeda, continuing up to the fall of Baghdad. Saddam also provided financial support and weapons, amounting to “a state-directed program of significant scale.” In July 2001, the regime began patronizing a terror cartel in Bahrain calling itself the Army of Muhammad, which, according to an Iraqi memo, “is under the wings of bin Laden.”

Yawn.

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Despite all the rhetoric from the Left about how President Bush has created more terrorists and American foreign policy has made the world more dangerous, folks in Europe are starting to get a clue about the real culprits.

Since the terror attacks on the United States on Sept. 11 six years ago, Europe has faced far more new attacks and reported plots than the United States.

Europeans on the Fight Against Terrorism Train bombings in Madrid three years ago killed 191 people, the London transit attack two years ago killed 52 commuters, and a string of plots have been discovered and foiled. Then last week, arrests were made in Germany in a plot that the police said could have caused even worse carnage than in Madrid or London.
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France and Germany both opposed the war in Iraq, and both countries have been targets of terrorist plots by Islamist extremists, noted François Heisbourg, a French expert on terrorism and a special adviser to the Foundation for Strategic Research in Paris.

“Bush is incredibly reviled in Germany, and Iraq is viewed as a total disaster, which it is,” he said. “But it doesn’t lead people to say we have terror because of Bush. Why? Because these guys strike a country that is against the Iraq policy.”

Ding, ding, ding. This has never been about President Bush’s foreign policy. These islamic nutjobs have been attacking innocent civilians for ages as they pursue their retarded ideas of access to the afterlife.

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Apparently our empire’s global dominance has a simple explanation… we use magical, mystical weapons.

Take a look at this picture that AFP is running… pay particular attention to the caption:

Caption: An elderly Iraqi woman shows two bullets which she says hit her house following an early coalition forces raid in the predominantly Shiite Baghdad suburb of Sadr City.(AFP/Wissam al-Okaili)

Two bullets hit her house, yet remained in perfect, un-fired condition. Reusable ammunition… what a concept!

And it’s not the first time the MSM has caught us using such. Remember this?

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Move Along… Nothing to See Here
August 13th, 2007 7:50 am

This story isn’t really newsworthy, is it? Just two innocent college kids with unused fireworks in their trunk…

It’s just that the “students” were muslim

…and the “fireworks” were pipebombs

…and they were arrested in Goose Creek, home to the Naval Weapons Station, which houses the U.S. Naval Consolidated Brig, a military prison where enemy combatants have been held

…and the “students” lived in a house owned by Sameeh Hammoudeh, a co-defendant in the trial of Sami Al-Arian, who pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to provide services to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

But CAIR, an organization that apparently likes to raise funds for HAMAS, tells us it’s just a story of two “naïve kids” on a joyride.

Nothing to see here… move along.

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Apparently when the New York Times isn’t publishing national security secrets for their friends in the caves of Afghanistan, they’re carrying the water of the illegal immigration lobby. The latest missive is an article about how it’s Americans’ fault that illegal aliens aren’t sending as much of their money back to their homeland and as such, half a million homes there will be negatively impacted.

This year a smaller percentage of Mexican immigrants in the United States sent money back to their homeland than in 2006, according to a report released yesterday by the Inter-American Development Bank. The bank said the reduction had left at least two million people in Mexico without the same financial help they had once received.

And that’s our fault?

The immigrants in the survey included American citizens and legal and illegal residents. They identified discrimination as the biggest problem they faced, with 83 percent saying that discrimination against Latin American immigrants in general was growing in the United States.

Nice tactic lumping legal immigrants with illegal aliens. Makes it easier to call us racists and bigots when we try to address the issue of illegal immigration.

“Mexican immigrants don’t feel welcome in the U.S. anymore,” Mr. Bendixen said. “They feel they are not wanted here, and their contributions are not appreciated.”

They’re not… if they’re here illegally. Just like illegal Cuban immigrants, illegal Kenyan immigrants, illegal German immigrants, illegal French immigrants, illegal (fill-in-the-blank) immigrants. Illegal immigrants are not welcome…period.

But go through the legal process like millions do every year and we’ll welcome you with open arms.

Remittances to Mexico have become vital to the economics of the country’s poorest regions, bank officials said. The money pays for drinking-water systems, roads, care for older people and other needs in villages and working-class neighborhoods.

Maybe it’s time Mexico started funding its own infrastructure and stopped encouraging its citizens to illegal cross the border to subsidize its ailing government.

But nooooo… the New York Times wants us to believe it’s our fault so we’ll be more tolerant and accommodating of illegal immigration. Sorry, but controlling illegal immigration has more to do with just illegals leeching our system to fund a broken government south of the border.

Islamic extremists embedded in the United States — posing as Hispanic nationals — are partnering with violent Mexican drug gangs to finance terror networks in the Middle East, according to a Drug Enforcement Administration report.

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While continuing to bash the war in Iraq, Barack Obama is now giving a preview into what an Obama administration would look like in terms of foreign policy. And it’s not pretty.

First, he’d meet unconditionally with Cuba, North Korea and Iran. Then the anti-war candidate would invade Pakistan.

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said Wednesday that he would possibly send troops into Pakistan to hunt down terrorists, an attempt to show strength when his chief rival has described his foreign policy skills as naive.

The Illinois senator warned Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf that he must do more to shut down terrorist operations in his country and evict foreign fighters under an Obama presidency, or Pakistan will risk a U.S. troop invasion and losing hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. military aid.

And he calls the Iraq war a dumb war.

UPDATE:
Pakistan responds.

Pakistan accused Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama of “sheer ignorance” for threatening to launch US military strikes against Al-Qaeda on Pakistani soil.
[…]
Such statements are being made out of sheer ignorance,” Pakistan’s Minister of State for Information, Tariq Azeem, told AFP. “They are not fully apprised about the ground realities and not aware of the efforts by Pakistan.”

Was this part of Democrats’ attempt at “building coalitions” or “improving the global image of America? I can’t figure out which.

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Because… Al-Qaida minds want to know

BAGHDAD, July 23 — While Washington is mired in political debate over the future of Iraq, the American command here has prepared a detailed plan that foresees a significant American role for the next two years.

The classified plan, which represents the coordinated strategy of the top American commander and the American ambassador, calls for restoring security in local areas, including Baghdad, by the summer of 2008. “Sustainable security” is to be established on a nationwide basis by the summer of 2009, according to American officials familiar with the document.

It’s certainly not the first time. While the NYT is hemorrhaging circulation here… they’re doing pretty well in other parts of the world.

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