Over at Booman Tribune there’s a very intriguing article written by one of the site’s leading writers on the continuing Ebola outbreak and how best to deal with it…all I’d add to it is that the absolute best way to stop the current West African Ebola Outbreak is by dealing with it at the source…in other words, stop it in West Africa and you all-but-stop any chance of an outbreak occurring elsewhere.
Archive for the ‘national security’ Tag
WASHINGTON – The White House on Thursday denied a report that President Barack Obama is putting together options for executive action to close the controversial U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in defiance of congressional wishes.
The Wall Street Journal, citing administration officials, reported that the White House was “drafting options” to close the facility by overriding a ban put in place by Congress that prohibits prisoners from being brought to the United States.
“Since the president came into office in 2009 the administration has been examining all possible ways we could get to closure of the facility, but we are not drafting options to override the law,” said Caitlin Hayden, a spokeswoman for the White House National Security Council.
“We are continuing to work on transfers (of prisoners) and calling on Congress to lift restrictions.”
Obama has vowed since his 2008 presidential campaign to close the prison camp, which critics say violates U.S. principles by keeping detainees locked up without trial.(MSN News/Reuters)
As a country, we’re better than this…Mr. President, close Guantanamo Bay!
Two Fox News co-hosts just ridiculed a fighter pilot for being a woman.
During the Wednesday airing of “The Five,” co-hosts Greg Gutfeld and Eric Bolling made fun of Arab Emirates Maj. Mariam Al Mansouri, who is participating in the coalition airstrikes against the Islamic State jihadist group.
“Problem is, after she bombed it, she couldn’t park it,” Gutfeld said.
“Would that be considered boobs on the ground, or no?” asked Bolling.
View the segment below.(Business Insider)
…all I can say here is wow…followed by a long string of expletives directed at Messrs. Gutless & Boil.
There’s crazy, there’s crazy stupid…and then there’s North Carolina GOP congressional candidate Mark Walker, who apparently thinks that the U.S. needs to go to war with our next-door neighbor Mexico over the issue of immigration…
North Carolina congressional candidate Mark Walker (R) suggested war with Mexico might be a way to stop immigrants coming across the border, TPM reports.
Said Walker: “I will tell you if you have foreigners who are sneaking in with drug cartels to me that is a national threat. And if we got to go laser or blitz somebody with a couple of fighter jets for a little while to make our point, I don’t have a problem with that either. So yeah, whatever we need to do.”(Political Wire)
If Mr. Walker’s so damn interested in war, why don’t he put on a uniform and go down there? Better still, how ’bout we reform the immigration system so that we can lessen the numbers of those who come here and bring those already here out of the shadows.
There’s an interesting article over at Think Progress on what questions we should ask our elected officials in the wake of last night’s presidential speech by President Obama on what the U.S. and our allies plan to do against the growing threat posed by ISIS; here are the five questions…
- What will happen in the spaces of Syria where ISIS is rolled back?
- How much will this cost?
- What will our allies, both in the West & within the Middle East, do to assist us?
- What’s next for Iraq?
- When will this end?
For what its’ worth, I agree with Booman Tribune on his assessment on the threat ISIS poses to the United States. I’m also of the opinion that Daily Kos’s Mark Sumner is a major tool, as evidenced by his anti-war screed over at the Great Orange Satan in regards to potential U.S. military action in Iraq.
Now, why am I of this opinion? A couple of reasons…first, I don’t buy his argument that ISIS poses no threat to America…sir, go tell that, as Booman points out, to the families of Americans being held by ISIS at present. Does this mean that ISIS poses as big a threat at the moment as al-Qaeda did years before? Not quite…close, but not quite. We know from historical evidence that, unlike ISIS, al-Qaeda had already hit us a few times (the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, the East African embassy bombings and the U.S.S. Cole bombing) and had nearly pulled off another series of terrorist attacks and bombings back in the mid-90’s (Operation Bojinka) and as bad as ISIS appears to be at present, they’ve yet to attempt anything like that as of yet.
Second, if Mr. Sumner (and for that matter, Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitas), are that opposed to U.S. intervention in Iraq, they need to fully explain their reasoning and not just stand on their proverbial high horses and call the rest of us hyperventilating cowards for wanting to do something about ISIS. Given what ISIS has done at present in that part of the world, do we really want to sit around on our asses and wait to see what happens? I don’t think so..but it also doesn’t mean we rush in blindly. Say whatever you want about President Obama, but on this occasion, he’s dead-to-rights in taking his time, just as Bush the Elder back in 1990 was right to take his time prior to Desert Storm and build the necessary coalitions that we’re going to damn well need in that part of the world.
Does this mean we go in with large combat formations? No – on that point, I happen to agree w/Mr. Moulitas…on the other hand, no one of record here in the U.S. – or in the West, for that matter – has even suggested that we send in the 82nd Airborne or the 2nd Marine Division back into Iraq. No one’s made that argument as of yet and given the general war-weariness of the American people, it’d be downright foolhardy to suggest that.
For what it is worth, my view is that, whatever we do in Iraq, it needs to be part of a broad-based coalition that doesn’t rush back into that part of the world but instead takes their time and makes sure that when we do leave this go-round, we won’t have to go back for a long time to come.
For what its’ worth, I agree with Booman Tribune in regards to President Obama’s foreign policy strategy thus far; as much as Americans would like to see us intervene in various places around the world, we have to remember that to do does entail risk, regardless of whether its’ through direct assistance or through outright military involvement and while we may complain that the president is being slow or cautious in his foreign policy actions..given the world we currently live in, let’s at least be glad that cautiousness is there in the first place.