Archive for the ‘War on Terror’ Category

Bureaucracy at Work

Thursday, January 10th, 2008

Well, this is reassuring:

A telephone company cut off an FBI international wiretap after the agency failed to pay its bill on time, according to a U.S. government audit released on Thursday.

No Nukes for Iran

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

This definitely sounds like good news:

A major U.S. intelligence review has concluded that Iran stopped work on a suspected nuclear weapons program more than four years ago, a stark reversal of previous intelligence assessments that Iran was actively moving toward a bomb.

The new findings, drawn from a consensus National Intelligence Estimate, reflected a surprising shift in the midst of the Bush administration’s continuing political and diplomatic campaign to depict Tehran’s nuclear development as a grave threat. The report was drafted after an extended internal debate over the reliability of communications intercepts of Iranian conversations this past summer that suggested the program had been suspended.

“Tehran’s decision to halt its nuclear weapons program suggests it is less determined to develop nuclear weapons than we have been judging since 2005,” a declassified summary of the new National Intelligence Estimate stated. Two years ago, the intelligence community said in contrast it had “high confidence that Iran currently is determined to have nuclear weapons.”

Uranium Unplugged

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

This is disheartening:

Slovak and Hungarian police seized enriched uranium that could be used in a “dirty bomb” when they arrested three traffickers in a joint operation, officials said Thursday.

“According to preliminary information, the material could have been used to make a so-called dirty bomb,” Slovak deputy police president Michal Kopcik told a news conference in Bratislava.

We’ve known for a long time that this stuff is floating around out there, but it’s still not fun to see it.

A Sign of the Times

Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

The War on Terror, coming soon to a laptop near you:

NATO is acknowledging YouTube as its new battleground in the six-year war on Taliban fighters in Afghanistan, as the military alliance posts formerly secret surveillance and attack video.

Newly declassified video shows NATO forces destroying a truck in Afghanistan.

The strategy aims to counter years of propaganda video posted on the Internet showing Taliban attacks on NATO forces which fighters use to claim that NATO’s position in the Afghan war is deteriorating.

The article goes on to note that we’ve been losing this cyber war on terror, which is inexplicable and inexcusable given that our enemies are literally hiding in caves.

Most Ridiculous Story of the Year

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

Despicable:

The U.S. Military is demanding that thousands of wounded service personnel give back signing bonuses because they are unable to serve out their commitments.

To get people to sign up, the military gives enlistment bonuses up to $30,000 in some cases.

Now men and women who have lost arms, legs, eyesight, hearing and can no longer serve are being ordered to pay some of that money back.

I’m glad this story is getting coverage in the blogosphere and the media. I predict that public outrage will force this policy to be changed. That’s a good thing. Whoever came up with this idea also needs to be fired.

Ahmadinejad, Worldwide Laughingstock

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

I was among those who opposed Columbia University’s decision to invite Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to speak on campus, but after watching it unfold, I am revising my position. Columbia president Lee Bolinger’s introduction was classic and may just earn him a few fatwas. The questions were also good, and only confirmed what most of us already knew: Ahmadinejad is a colossal nutcase worthy of ridicule and derision. My personal favorite moment of the whole event was this:

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The Iranian people are seeing this, and it can’t be improving their already low perceptions of their thug-in-chief. The decision to invite him was certainly a questionable but, having been made, I don’t think it could have been handled any better than it was.

Walking the Walk

Friday, August 17th, 2007

Joe Biden, despite not agreeing with him on much of anything politically, is one of the few Democratic presidential candidates whom I have a great deal of respect for. Here’s one reason why.

Padilla Guilty

Thursday, August 16th, 2007

Jose Padilla has been convicted of terrorism. While the process under which he was convicted might be questionable, the end result is a positive. But do the ends justify the means?

Troop Reductions in Iraq

Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

This is certainly good news:

The top American commander in Iraq said Wednesday he was preparing recommendations on troop cuts before he returns to Washington next month for a report to Congress, and believes the U.S. footprint in Iraq will have to be “a good bit smaller” by next summer.

But he cautioned against a quick or significant U.S. withdrawal that could surrender “the gains we have fought so hard to achieve.”

World Nut Daily Strikes Again

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

File under ‘things that don’t pass the laugh test’:

The planned crescent-shaped “memorial to heroes” of Flight 93 in Pennsylvania is nothing less than a huge outdoor mosque that pays homage to Islam, charges the author of a new book.

Alec Rawls’ “Crescent of Betrayal: Dishonoring the Heroes of Flight 93,” published by World Ahead, documents a long list of Islamic and terrorist memorializing features in the Flight 93 National Memorial.

The primary feature, he says, is the giant central crescent of what originally was called the “Crescent of Embrace” design. A person facing into this half-mile wide crescent – still present in the superficially altered “Bowl of Embrace” redesign – will be oriented almost exactly at Mecca.