Capitulation, China, Crazies, & Contracts

I’ve got quite a bit on my mind this evening, so let’s get started.

Thought #1

The Obama administration has decided that the mastermind of the September 11th attacks should be tried in a criminal court with a civilian jury. No matter what you call it, we are at war with Al Qaeda, and trying those captured on the battlefield in our nation’s courtrooms makes about as much sense as completely overhauling our nation’s healthcare system to insure those who are currently uninsured.

According to former Director of Central Intelligence George Tenet, when 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was apprehended in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, in March 2003, his first response to his captors was to sneer “I’ll talk to you guys after I get to New York and see my lawyer.”

Now the second half of KSM’s taunt to his captors is coming true. He is off to New York, where he will have endless opportunities to converse with his many lawyers. They will work hard to ensure that his trial is all about what he “endured” at the hands of the U.S. government, and not at all about what he inflicted on the American people. They will strive to put in the dock George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, George Tenet, John Yoo, the CIA, and the United States government and the American people.

This decision will have serious repercussions for the United States. Precedent will be set to try all war criminals in our courtrooms, and we all know that’s a terrible idea. Let me make it clear that I would support trying him in our criminal courts with a civilian jury, if and only if (a) he had been in the United States when the attack occurred, and (b) he was captured on American soil. But neither (a) nor (b) apply in this case, and therefore I see no reason (other than showing a sign of weakness to our enemy) for trying his case on U.S. soil in American courts.

Many argue that it would be a “hang him now” type trial anyway, but that is irrelevant, especially in light of the fact that the last guy who tried to blow up the World Trade Center didn’t get the death penalty either.

The entire world will be watching the circus that is created by holding his trial in New York, and the entire world, especially our enemies will perceive our actions as weakness in the battle and a sign of capitulation on the part of our President.

Don’t believe me? Just pay attention for the next few months. Watch what happens here in the United States as well as across the world.

Thought #2

In an apparent attempt to show they are pleased with President Obama, the people of China are preparing for his upcoming visit on Sunday.

The Chinese have learned English from his speeches and celebrated the way he rolls up his sleeves. Now President Barack Obama is finally coming, and he’s being greeted with “Oba Mao” T-shirts and a statue of him that bursts into flames.

“He’s so hot right now, so I wanted to translate that through my work,” said Liu, who was inspired by the idea of the first black U.S. president.

Oba-Mao t-shirts and a statue that bursts into flames? Those Chinese have a strange way of showing their support of the curent U.S. President, don’t they?

If I was Obama, I would be worried about that Mao Tse Tung visual association and the fact that the people of China actually think setting him on fire is a sign of respect. Shen Dingli brings it all into perspective later in the article.

“He’s special for the Americans, but definitely not for the Chinese,” said Shen Dingli, director of the Center for American Studies at Fudan University in Shanghai. “On the contrary, we are always influenced by the tone of government-monitored media.”

Maybe Obama is heading over there for a refresher course on that “government-monitored media” they speak of.

Thought #3

Does this really make sense?

The Obama administration, mindful of public anxiety over the government’s mushrooming debt, is shifting emphasis from big-spending policies to deficit reduction. Domestic agencies have been told to brace for a spending freeze or cuts of up to 5 percent as part of a midterm election-year push to rein in record budget shortfalls.

President Obama, Nanny State Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Majority Leader Scary Harry Reid are all working as hard as they can to force government run health care down our throats at a cost that will add unprecedented amounts to our deficit. So this year they are going to triple our deficit, but “next year” they are going to freeze spending and make cuts.

Sure they are. Sure they are.

Thought #4

I don’t mean to be disrespectful… Oh who am I kidding? When I read the following quote I couldn’t help but remember 1994.

Newt Gingrich, the former Republican House speaker and purveyor of the GOP “Contract With America” that helped his party win control of the House after President Bill Clinton’s election, says GOP chairman Michael Steele has started work on a new framework for 2010 that he is calling “First principles.”

They’ve done this before, and we fell for it. The “Contract With America” was a great idea, it was a great motivator and it helped turn the tide in Washington, D.C., but soon afterward we all realized that it was just a ploy for many Republicans In Name Only to gain a stronghold in an otherwise crowded House.

For too many years now, we’ve watched those same Republicans become lazy, non-responsive, and ineffective when it comes to doing what is best for our country.

Sorry Newt, I’m not falling for it this time. The upcoming elections in 2010 have nothing to do with the (R) or the (D) next to the candidates names. It has everything to do with making sure that those candidates which are elected can do the best job to preserve the principles of our founding fathers and our nation’s laws.

Thought #5

Sometimes I wonder how much disdain one must have for his country to act like this.

 

Wow. Just wow. Such respect for our nation, for our flag, for our principles. Great job, Mr. President.

With that, I will finish for the night.

UPDATE (11/18/2009):

It’s come to my attention that the above photograph was not taken during the playing of our National Anthem or for any reason to salute the flag. The other people on the stage were saluting President Obama as he was introduced. I hope you’ll forgive this slight error, as President Obama is known for standing in the same pose while our National Anthem is actually playing.

 
This one has video to back it up.

 

A man’s country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle and patriotism is loyalty to that principle.
George William Curtis