Friday, May 25, 2007

Shabbat Shalom 8 Sivan 5767

Jimmy Carter suffers from E.D. (Ego Dysfunction)
Ex-President should only blame himself

In today's edition of American Thinker, I have a commentary or as my wife puts it, "history lesson," on former President Jimmy Carter. Recently the great shame of America told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, "I think as far as the adverse impact on the nation around the world, this administration has been the worst in history."

After an uproar developed, Carter told the Today Show his comments were "careless or misinterpreted." He added that he had been asked a question comparing the foreign policies of the administrations of George W. Bush and Richard M. Nixon, suggesting that the "worst" title was limited to foreign affairs.

Regardless of what Carter meant, the White House said it best when they referred to him as "irrelevant." Check out my latest publishing, you'll learn a few things.

Abu Graib the good life compared to Al Qaeda hospitality
Water boarding a day at the spa when you consider these options

I have had some fascinating conversations in my life, but if there was ever one discussion that will always stick in my head, it was in regard to the Abu Graib incident. "Raping a Muslim man is worse than raping an American woman," were the exact words that came out my good friends mouth. Normally his brain works very well. He's highly intelligent and well educated, but like many Americans his disdain for President Bush and anything that has to do with the GOP, causes rational thought to disappear and ripping the administration is the sole priority.

Yesterday the Pentagon released a recovered Al Qaeda torture manual with drawings and victims photos. The pages are very disturbing and are not for children and dare I say most adults, so view at your own risk.

Arab governments have been notorious for decades for their torture methods. Sadam Hussein used to torture innocent children in front of their parents as a means of punishment. He used to kidnap average citizens and force his now deceased sons to watch unimaginable suffering as a training method, so they can rule without conscious when they were older. One of the most powerful interrogation tools European and U.S. officials use is threatening terrorists from Saudi Arabia and Egypt with the idea that they will have officials from their home country deal with them. These individuals are well aware of the pain they will experience if they don't cooperate with their Western captors.

Every time I hear some leftist politician or activist claim that our soldiers and citizens being held hostage by terrorists or insurgents will not be treated under the rules of the Geneva convention unless the United States does the same, makes me want to bang my head against a wall. Anyone who believes that these monsters don't wipe their ass with the Geneva convention, lives in fantasy land.

If you believe our government has never until the Bush administration used aggressive interrogation techniques, is fooling themselves. The current administration isn't the first and won't be the last. However, even in a post 9/11 world, I know that no prisoner held by any government or organization is treated as humanely as the United States does.

So next time you are disgusted by claims of water boarding, sleep deprivation and room temperature extremes, just look up the techniques Al Qaeda uses and ask yourself who the real monster is.

Clinton and Obama give troops the middle finger
Votes more important than our troops

This is politics at it's worst. At the beginning of the year, both Senators Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and Barack Obama (D-IL) opposed a troop withdrawal deadline. Obviously pressure from the anti-war far left of the Party and the need for their primary votes caused a sudden shift in opinion, so yesterday they voted "no" to fund our troops in Iraq.

Actually, I shouldn't be disgusted with only Clinton and Obama. Fellow Democratic Senator and Presidential hopeful Chris Dodd voted against the Iraq war funding bill. Candidates John Edwards and Bill Richardson called for a "no" vote, while only Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) reluctantly supported the measure adding, "As long as we have troops on the front lines, it is our shared responsibility to give them the equipment and protection they need." Thank you Mr. Biden.

On the GOP side Sen. John McCain (AZ), who is a long time supporter of the war, but an adamant critic of how the Bush administration has fought the war, supported the measure. Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas, did not vote, which may and should become an issue if he reaches the top tier of candidates.

The bill passed 80-14 in the Senate and 280-142 in the House. Considering the Democrats control both houses and this legislation passed overwhelmingly, it shows that most Democrats support our troops, but if you are running for President, catering to and Cindy Sheehan is more important than my friend Chris from Antioch, Illinois or Arlene from Glenview, Illinois. Both defending this country so some people can say F.U. to them.



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