Joe Biden Chooses His Cheney Words With Care

For once, someone has pointed out that the President has prosecuted the war on terror with a high level of commitment and a high level of success. And that Dick Cheney is simply wrong on all points when he takes on Mr. Obama.

No one can accuse Joe Biden of flying off the handle. On this video he is being a stellar veep. He earned his salary in just a half a minute.



Morning News & Comment — Taliban Claims Responsibility for Blast

AFGHANISTAN:  Taliban Claims Responsibility for Blast


Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said in a statement that an Afghan National Army officer wearing a suicide vest entered the base and blew himself up inside the gym. A U.S. official who was briefed on Wednesday’s blast also said it took place in the gym.


I am coming to feel that we need to revise our understanding and suspend a military approach to the “war on terror”. What makes it a war is precisely that we are employing military means. The alternative is to reform our intelligence operations so they work. And to engage in joint missions with a clear invitation from the involved country.

Our stance needs to be that we do not seek military victories, we seek only to act with others to oppose specific hostile efforts.  And reserve the right to attack preemptively when we are attacked and can pinpoint the launch sites.

The sad truth is that Sherlock Holmes-level intelligence, aka  acumen, rather than overlapping bureaucracies,  is the only thing that will prevent things like the latest near miss over Detroit. And the sadder truth is that if such an attack succeeds, we will face a crisis similar to that which followed 9/11.

Had Bush adopted the policy I advocate then, we might we through the worst of it by now.  I think President Obama still has time to take this approach.

If the residual argument is that we need to aid the people and so forth, this should be done via the UN in cooperation with others.


COMMENT ON: Lieberman: The United States Must Pre-Emptively Act In Yemen

Two points:

1. The hand-wringing over the President’s vacation and his need to cut it short cannot be rising from anything but yet another desire to paint him in a bad light. Give it a rest. He deserves one.

2. The model for future intervention should be to assist existing domestic forces in a country that needs help in rooting out terrorist training operations and centers. This has already been the case in Yemen. Lieberman seems to like the limelight.

Read the Article I’m Commenting on at HuffingtonPost


COMMENT ON: New Restrictions For Air Travelers After Christmas Day Bombing Attempt

Read the Article I’m Commenting on at HuffingtonPost

New in-flight security measures betray excessive stupidity.

Most cases of terrorism lead to the conclusion that there was ample advance information to narrow and intensify security operations around actual suspects. But rather than serious follow up of some 500,000 where warning signs existed, we engage in what is designed to embolden anyone with ill intent, anger tens of thousands who are 100 percent NOT a danger and create an atmosphere of gratuitous repression.

This is a distraction of the first order.

We need to nip such knee-jerk idiocy in the bud. My wife will be unable to fly under present conditions. She has a hip condition that makes extended sitting down excruciating.

It may be time for a passenger boycott on a single day or for longer. It is definitely time for a loud and clear message to Janet Napolitano and all others in authority that we have gotten the message.

Look to your lists. Listen to whistle blowers. Get smart. Investigate logical suspects when they are on the move. And rescind these impossible regulations ASAP.


The Christmas Bombing That Wasn’t

This is a day for reflection on terrorism. Yes, for the birth of Jesus is said to have ben visited by a terrorist attack, if you count Herod’s slaughter of the innocents. Or if you simply consider that the terrorist du jour intended to blow himself up along with some 300 others. On Christmas Day.

1. The bombing failed.

Yes, we have learned to keep our eyes open and it is a no-brainer with “Let’s roll” branded on our brains. Alertness won the day. This is the time of citizen alertness.

2.  The potentiality remains.

Though there will be efforts at new security precautions, it must be clear by now that there is no sure security in the sort of vulnerability-structure we live in. Planes are vulnerable to everything from birds to disaffected Nigerians and we are gearing up to fly more than 300 at a time.

3. YouTube quicker than MSM. VIDEO

So the world will know things almost instantly. Attracting, one might surmise, the likely suspects while alienating more and more globally from the mentality that is open to terror as a weapon.

4. Twitter remains the quickest way to find keyword references. As to “terror

Or “terror suspect“.  Or “security“.   When news is breaking salient references will be found in real time.