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April 30, 2009

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Jane

Perhaps we should comment on what has enchanted us.

I can't really think of anything off the top of my head...

Elroy Jetson

Zeleny should be embarassed. Instead, he'll probably do a round on MSNBC and CNN talking head shows.

RichatUF

That's the kind of hard hitting question I'd expect Baghdad Bob (or Eason Jordan) to ask Saddam Hussein.

roux

Is Obama just Zack Effron in a suit?

clarice

A TM classic:
"The President was far too kind to answer that he was most enchanted by the Times probing, hard-hitting journalism.

Where is the video? I bet Zeleny looks enchanting with his skirt and pom-poms. Give him an "O" indeed..."


What's the theme song here ."Don't know much about his-to-ry"?

Anyone alive who served in battle in WWII knows this guy is a stupid moron.
And relying on Sully? I'm persuaded that all his pro war stuff was based on some game in his head where he played with muscular saintly tin soldiers on the floor of some nursery while sipping hot chocolate and nibbling on biscuits with nanny.

hit and run

Jane:
Perhaps we should comment on what has enchanted us.

When Obama went to France, I was enchanted with Carla Bruni.

bad

Carla may be coming to a YouTube near you if those stolen tapes are not ransomed... or even if they are.

Paul Zrimsek

If the White House and its press corps last for a thousand years, men will still say, "This was their phoniest hour".

bad

What was the really stupid thing Dan Rather said to the Clintons? Something about wanting to be 1/100 as great as them....

clarice

BTW, I sent this yesterday to the AF office that deals with liaison with Hollywood and haven't received a response:
"There's a great deal of speculation involving this week's trip with fighter escort(s) of AF2 down the Hudson. Was your office involved in any way in this? If so, who requested your assistance? Who authorized it? Which civilians, if any, were aboard the crafts for the flight? What records do you have to support any information you supply in response to this request? Will you make them available without a FOIA request? "

narciso

Can't argue the point, Hit about Bruni, hope you didn't think I was being too cavalier in the penultimate thread, but
they really shouldn't let him out in public,
no I think that's it.

verner

TM, you are a mag bast!!!!!

The real problem with these jerks, including our current occupant of the Oval Office, is that they have not a clue about History.

And as I've said before, when you compare the WOT under the Bushies to other conflicts of its size and scope, the amazing thing is how LITTLE abuse took place.

MAS1916

What a joke. The media lap dogs will do anything to cover for the Leader.

They left so many obvious follow up questions 'unasked.' They truly embarrassed themselves.

http://firstconservative.com/blog/conservative-blogs/obama-press-conference-unasked-questions

Porchlight

Ed Morrissey has the clip from Enchanted with Amy Adams singing "That's how you know...he loves you..."

Such a sweet song and great scene in the movie, I hate to see it associated with BFFs Zero and Zeleny. But it's pretty perfect for the occasion.

hit and run

narciso:
hope you didn't think I was being too cavalier in the penultimate thread

No, no not at all.

Martin

So within one week you have called one of our lead FBI guys tracking down Osama, Mr. Soufan, a liar, and accepted at face value the words of an SS Captain.

Nice work.

bad

Powerline:

[[[ Recall that Obama returned a bust of Churchill that the British government had loaned to the White House. At the time, the Telegraph noted, by way of possible explanation, that "It was during Churchill's second premiership that Britain suppressed Kenya's Mau Mau rebellion. Among Kenyans allegedly tortured by the colonial regime included one Hussein Onyango Obama, the President's grandfather." ]]]

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2009/04/023457.php

clarice

Didn't Baba Walters seep treacle all over a presidential interview(I think with Clinton) with something like "be kind to us, Mr. President"?

Michael Spurlock

The Guardian began as a socialist paper, The Manchester Guardian, and was co-opted by communists. It is probably the least credible of all papers, which is saying a lot these days. The people who currently own it, "their group," is made up of contacts who were tight with Kim Philby. That should tell you all you need to know.

William Teach

Say, didn't Obambi send the Churchill bust back to England, even after they said "you sure you don't want to keep it?"

Ignatz

-So within one week you have called one of our lead FBI guys tracking down Osama, Mr. Soufan, a liar, and accepted at face value the words of an SS Captain.

Nice work.-

So the left now takes whatever the FBI says as gospel?
And if you'll read TM's post rather than just being a consumate horse's ass he asks whether the Guardian's account is plausible.
We do know however that a good number of you dumbasses have accepted at face value the word's of Osama's troops.

Nice work indeed, ass.


narciso

Soufan, 'admitted' to Isikoff that his account of the Abu Zubeydah interrogations in the New York Times op ed was incomplete. I put that in quotes, because I don't put too much stock in Isikoff either, at least since the 'Koran in the toilet story', if not earlier. The account is from theNational
Archives, so if you have an argument take it up with them. The Guardian was willing to take the word of the Tipton 3, although
a new type of lie detector found at least one had lied about the extent of his terrorist training.

matt

Torture has been with us for 5,000 years. One form of it is bullying. Another is terrorism. It's goal is to induce terror and fear and ignores the rules of combat. These all coerce the individual through violence.

State sponsored terror has been an instrument of policy by nations throughout history. Think about the mutually assured destruction policies of the United States and the Soviet Union or most nuclear policy today. Nukes can be used tactically but are not tactical.Once the trigger is pulled, fear and the potential for annihilation are unleashed on us all.

So it is in fact relative.Do we sacrifice the civil rights of an individual to protect the masses or go quietly into the night? Do we authorize certain individuals to carefully weigh the pros and cons and the consequences, or do we cover our eyes and ears and say nothing and wait for the consequences?

Torture, safe, legal, and rare.

matt

British torture of the Mau Mau's was extensive and in direct reaction to the Mau Mau's own theretofore unheard of brutality. They had a habit of hacking isolated farm families and their staffs to death and doing all sorts of insane things during and afterwards. Best left to the imagination.

The leader of the Mau Mau's was Jomo Kenyatta, who became a symbol of African freedom and lifetime president of Kenya. Perhaps the president might want to read a little history. His own grandfather could have been a terrorist.

clarice

The great anthropologist Lewis Leakey grew up with the Kikuyu and invented the system for breaking the MauMaus. It did not involve torture. It involved forcing them to undertake a de-cursing ceremony to undo the MauMau pledge they's taken under pain of death. I remember him describing it to me (and my classmates)when I was a college freshman.If we tried such a thing today on the jihadis --well, can you imagine?

sbw

So, tell me, why does Martin read JOM?

bad

'cause we're so cute, sbw.

matt

The Mau Mau's were basically animists as well, Clarice, so not sure how it would play out with Muslim fanatics. Part of the Mau Mau initiation ritual was the repudiation of Western values. The initiations were so horrific that the shame instilled in most of them also ensured loyalty.As the fanatic quotient ratchets up, so do the measures required to combat it.

Bruce Rheinstein

"it's too bad no one alleged that Winston Churchill was the secret father of Trig Palin..."

Hey, why not? As of a few days ago, the Washington Post's media columnist, Howie Kurtz, was still pushing the "fake turkey" meme. It's not as if the "layers of editors and fact checkers" seem to catch these factually-challenged assertions.

jr565

Roosevelt interned Japanese-Americans, yet we endure.


Let's not forget FDR also executed german saboteurs who hadn't actually sabotaged anything yet after setting up speedy show trials where their guilt was a foregone conclusion (and one of them was an american citizen)

PeterUK

Actually,strictly on the quiet,Prince Charles is Trig's father.

bad

I don't believe that for a moment PUK. Trig is far too attractive and smart to have been sired by Prince Chuck.

clarice

I am not so sure the initiations were that horrific, but those who undertook it --often under threat of beatings or death--believed that if they broke away they would die from having dishonored the pledge which is why Leakey's counter initiation , breaking that oath, worked.

Bruce Rheinstein

Prince Charles is Trig's father.

Judging from appearances, I'm not convinced that Prince Charles is Prince William's father!

JSR

Well, technically the letter from the SS captain doesn't confirm that Churchill tortured. He wasn't brought there until 1946, and Churchill was given "the order of the boot" from a grateful British citizenry in 1945.

verner

So you're saying the sainted socialist Atlee was the real culprit JSR. Wow, that's even better.

Although Fox just reported that Churchill did indeed approve enhanced interrogation techniques. So there...

matt

Clarice;

did you ever read Robert Ruark? His "Something of Value" did an excellent job in describing the Emergency. The Mau Mau rituals are accurately described in the wikipedia article on the Mau Mau.

Swamp Rabbit

Oh hell, everyone knows Michelle Osama is Trigs father.

OsamaHusseinIslamObama 2012'
(the terrorist/pirates choice)
-It's never to early to campaign-

clarice

No--I'll look but I read a scholarly account which was sceptical of the more gruesome (naturally second hand) accounts.

centralcal

Gotcha!

People's choice of Tim Geithner among the most beautiful is now solved.

His brother is a V.P.!!! How "transparent."

LUN

DanG

Anyone with even a basic knowledge of Irish history would not have used Churchill as an example of exemplary behavoir. Churchill created the Black and Tans, who were to the Irish of 1920 comparable to what the Gestapo were to the Jews of Europe 20 years later.

http://tinyurl.com/dx4v9e

ROA

Don't forget that every official involved with the Japanese-American internment had decided by early 1944 that they were not a security risk and should be released, but Roosevelt would not release them until after the 1944 election. He was willing to keep thousands of innocent people interred for months for purely political reasons.

BJM

DanG, exactly, Obama's crack historians never heard of Operation Demetrius, Operation Flavius or Loughgall either.

He and others mistake the Brit's civility and elegant rhetoric for a passive ethos; an assumption many have lived to regret.


clarice

Worse, he succeeded in getting them interned only because his Solicitor General lied to the SCOTUS, claiming they were a security threat when there was no evidence for that and FBI director Hoover disputed that.

bad

And what was dear ole J. Edgar wearing during the dispute?

Captain Hate

Has there ever been a definitive biography on J. Edgar? There's a commie and lowlife hating part of me that prefers to think of him positively, but some of the things like what bad alludes to are just flat-out weird. Not that there's anything wrong with it and not that it necessarily impaired his performance on the job. I'm thinking Clarice might have some telling anecdotes....

bad

Captain, I was being snarky on little evidence. According to Wiki, there is only one person offering that sort of story.

Sue

Holy mother. ABC has outed the CIA's interrogation specialists. Pictures and all. OMG. OMG. I am speechless.

bad

Sue, that story says KSM was waterboarded 183 times. Brian Ross needs to catch up.

I hope these guys are gonna be safe. They have a target on their back now.

Sue

I can't even formulate anything terrible enough to say about them outing these 2 men. And a man that did nothing but misremember something was ruined for outing a desk jockey with a big mouthed husband.

Cecil Turner
And that's why I put an end to these practices.
Bzzzt. Waterboarding hasn't been authorized at CIA for at least a year:
"Given that waterboarding is not part of the current program and may never be added to the current program, I do not think it would be appropriate for me to pass definitive judgment on the technique's legality," he said.
Yet again, the Won appears to be taking credit for something he didn't do.
Bill in AZ

"And a man that did nothing but misremember something was ruined for outing a desk jockey with a [low level] big mouthed husband."

There - fixed that for ya Sue - it pisses him off.

clarice

Well if he only took credit for what he had accomplished, where would that leave him, Cecil?

J.M. Heinrichs

Clarice
In Chicago, as a 'community activist, trying to get into HLS.

Cheers

Jack Okie

Clarice -

My ex-father-in-law (now deceased) was FBI, and posted to California before Pearl Harbor. He insisted that there were Japanese spies among the Japanese-American population, that the FBI had some under surveillance before the war started, but the FBI was concerned there were more unidentified. I don't know that he thought the internment itself was a good idea, though.

Related event - the Niihau Incident:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niihau_Incident

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