Category Archives: Bin Laden

Bush Ignored 36 Warnings About Bin Laden’s Plans and Thousands Died

For the memory challenged in the radical right and the neocons like Jeb! who desperately hope you’ll forget recent, American history, Peter Beinart at The Atlantic details the many, many opportunities that Dubya had to prevent 9/11. Ask yourself Beinart’s opening question: “Did Bush do everything he could reasonably have to stop them, given what he knew at the time?” Then read this extended excerpt (with my emphasis and comments) and think about your answer: When the Bush administration took office in January 2001, CIA Director George Tenet and National Security Council counterterrorism “czar” Richard Clarke both warned its incoming officials that al-Qaeda represented a grave threat. – Read the full article

Ignorance is Strength: Neocons Contradict Each Other Defending Torture Yet Again

“And if you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.” –Nietzsche Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow’s taut, brooding paean to the CIA’s hunt for Osama bin Laden has been controversial since long before it even hit theaters.  – Read the full article

Ejecting from Afghanistan

“Geography is destiny.” –Unknown Afghanistan is a treacherous land.  In every sense of the word.  Soon we will be leaving it behind.  President Obama announced in a January 11th joint press conference with Afghan President Hamid Karzai that American troops would be relegated to a “support” role as early as this spring, and all Western combat troops will be removed by the end of 2014.  – Read the full article

Al Qaeda Is Trying to Influence the Election

“Speak softly and carry a big stick.” –Teddy Roosevelt Conservatives, so blinded by their hatred of their caricature of the president, will never understand that Obama has been good for al Qaeda the way a birthday party of ten-year-old boys with magnifying glasses is good for an ant colony.  – Read the full article

Convention Hangover: Saturday Six-Pack

Six tidbits on politics and economic policy – diligently digested and all highly recommended by yours truly. 2012 State of Play “Romney’s Playing Field Narrows” Romney and allied Super PACs have pulled out of the ad market in Michigan and Pennsylvania, forfeiting two “Reagan Democrat” states seemingly within striking distance. – Read the full article

Counterfactual Conceptions with Ron Paul

Wednesday night, the last President to leave office with a surplus will be offering his case for the President who inherited the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. Bill Clinton’s endorsement will no doubt evoke some memories of the healing process between Obama and Hilary in the wake of the 2008 primaries. – Read the full article

Exposing Conservative Liar Karl Rove – Again

Karl Rove and Arianna Huffington (yes, she’s a sell-out) recently joined forces with some “newly invented swift boat group” to put out a Republican propaganda video foolishly claiming: “…President Obama never thanked the heroes who took out bin Laden.” Well Jed Lewison of The Jed Report wasn’t having any of it, and created this answer to the conservative lie: Well done Mr. – Read the full article

Pointing Out Policy Differences Is Not Spiking The Ball

In the 2008 election candidate Obama took political heat from his opponents, and from Mitt Romney, for promising to go into Pakistan to capture or kill Osama Bin Laden.   The Obama detractors were convinced that his promise to bring Bin Laden down, where ever he was found, would lead to open warfare between America and an ally nation.   – Read the full article

Under Obama’s Leadership, America Stands Strong in the Global Economy

Only God can perform miracles. Barack Obama never claimed to be God. In 2008 when he took office, America, and the world, were facing one of the worst economic disasters in history. Under the Bush administration unemployment virtually doubled, rising from 4.3% in January of 2001, to over 7.2%.   – Read the full article

William Kristol: Armchair Generalizer

“To generalize is to be an idiot…” —William Blake The President’s grin was especially wide when Seth Meyers joked that Osama bin Laden “hosts a show on CSPAN” at the White House Correspondents Dinner on April 30, 2011.  Obama knew it was T minus 14 hours.  – Read the full article

Mission Accomplished, Bitch!

I cannot agree more with my colleagues Marc and Malia; it drives the radical right batshit crazy, but President Obama is the strongest President on foreign policy and national security since FDR. And following the faux outrage (insert bullshit) from the radical right, let me take Marc’s post title a step further: I watched the President speak from the heart to the troops in Afghanistan today, and then watched his address to the nation tonight. – Read the full article

Mitt Romney as Our Commander-in-Chief Would Be Too Costly

December 7, 1941 was declared by President Roosevelt as a “day which will live in infamy.”  That day was the bombing of Pearl Harbor. On December 8th, the United States declared war on Japan beginning World War II. Although 9-11 was not declared to be a “day in infamy,” it is for most Americans, alive today, equally infamous. – Read the full article