Thursday, February 26, 2009

Do You Feel Safer Now?

By Alan Caruba

Now that we have Janet Napolitano as Secretary of Homeland Security, do you feel safer?

I don’t. Aunt Janet could not manage to say words like “terrorism” or “9/11” in her recent testimony before a congressional committee. If you recall, the whole reason for the reorganization that created the Department of Homeland Security in 2003 was, well, homeland security.
It brought together 22 agencies and some 220,000 federal employees to ensure the nation was not attacked again and, if attacked, could coordinate recovery procedures.

This worked fine under the Republican administration of George W. Bush during which Tom Ridge and Michael Chernoff were in charge of the department, but Democrats and, in particular, those of an extreme Leftist point of view are always ready to embrace our enemies and blame America for any attacks or other threats they pose.

In a new book by Dr. Jamie Glazov, a historian who is managing editor of, “United in Hate: The Left’s Romance with Tyranny and Terror”, the author points out that, “Throughout the twentieth century, the Western Left supported one totalitarian killing machine after another. Prominent intellectuals from George Bernard Shaw to Bertolt Brecht to Susan Sontag venerated mass murderers such as Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Castro, and Ho Chi Minh, habitually excusing their atrocities while blaming America, and even the victims for the crimes.”

Today, the Left’s spokespersons include former President Jimmy Carter, Noam Chomsky, Michael Moore, and Tom Hayden. And President Barack Hussein Obama who, in the first two months of his new administration has reached out to Palestinians, Syrians, Iranians, and initiated measures to eliminate restrictions on Castro’s Cuba.

Obama was elected for his opposition to the war in Iraq that deposed one of the most vicious despots of our times, Saddam Hussein, and which is demonstrating in its aftermath that democracy has taken root in Iraq. It is no accident that Obama's first television interview was with Al-Arabia or that he is proposing to give nearly a billion dollars to Hamas to "rebuild Gaza."

Will this administration decide not to call Hamas, Hezbollah, al Qaeda or the countless other Islamist groups “terrorists”? Maybe it will begin to call them “tourists”? Granted Obama wants to increase the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan, but that is virtually a guarantor of failure and he knows it. British and French generals have recommended returning Afghanistan to the tribes that have always run it. Let them fight the Taliban like they fought the Russians.

During the Clinton years, attacks on American embassies were seen as issues for the Justice Department. That’s why Osama bin Laden was allowed to slip away even when Sudan offered his capture. That’s why, when one agency of the U.S. knew that the 9/11 perpetrators were here illegally, they were not permitted to inform another agency and thus likely undermine their plot. The firewalls that permitted this travesty were put in place by Leftist Clinton appointees.

Lawyers, unlike military or counterterrorism experts, have a very different view of protecting the nation. They believe that the “rights” of terrorists take precedence over the rights of Americans to be protected against them.

This might be why the Village Voice, a very liberal weekly, opposed Aunt Janet when word circulated that she might be appointed to head the Department of National Security. She was scorned for having taken any action to defend Arizona’s border with Mexico. To the Voice, her failure to welcome every illegal Mexican at the border was a sin.

Napolitano is the ultimate political animal, always ready to test which way the wind is blowing, always eager to run to the front of the parade, and now prepared to ensure that the indifferent and dangerous policies of the Obama administration will be reflected in the work of her mega-agency.

As we have seen with the Hurricane Katrina fiasco, probably no U.S. government agency can effectively deal with an act of God, but the National Security Agency should surely be expected to motivate its personnel to remain vigilant against potential threats. They are some very good people who get up each day to protect us. They know who the enemy is, whether it is an al Qaeda operative attempting to sneak into the nation or a Mexican drug smuggler. We owe them our thanks and our respect.

The problem for the rest of us is that Aunt Janet cannot bring herself to use the word “terrorist” or even refer to “9/11”. This is perfectly understandable when the President cannot bring himself to refer to “the war on terrorism.”


Marion Valentine said...

Great post Sir, Thank you for raising your voice in defense of Americas Freedoms, a respectful salute from this Navy Veteran

Guy said...

Let's hope that they're all present for the first blinding flash ....

Alan Caruba said...

This Army veteran returns your salute.

Rich Kozlovich said...

This attraction of tyrants by those of the Progressive movement isn't new. This is the by-product of Progressivism that goes back to the turn of the last century. Socialism, as it was understood in Europe at the time could never have translated directly in America, mostly because it is atheistic in nature. They pretty much cast off the Social Gospel groups, although they still support the left, but all else remains the same. They want power and will do and say anyting to get it.

In America the socialist theme was transformed into Progressivism by what was and is called the Social Gospel. We view them currently as left wing chruches, along with the national organization that still represents these groups, the National Council of Churches. If I remember this correctly.

Believe it or not….religion was the binding force of socialism in America. They believed that socialism was the practical political expression of Christian principles and the state was an arm of God. Since the state was the arm of God, then the leader of the state was the instrument of God, and that is what Woodrow Wilson believed and stated.

Strong men like Mussolini and Hitler were admired, but especially Mussolini,(who wrote prolifically, spoke a number o languages and clearly was the most intelligent, well read leader of his time) by all of those whom we perceive as part of the left until he invaded Ethiopia.

I might add the "Classical Liberalism" and Progressiveism were not in harmoney. Classical Liberalism would have much more in common with those who are considered conservatives today.

The most interesting point about all of this is that Mussolini outlined his programs and government after the policies and governmental arrangements of … it comes…..Woodrow Wilson and his fascist takeover of the U.S. and the overthrow Constitutional guarantees, which he thought stood in the way of mankind’s progress.

He and all those who follow of that ilk have thought and acted accordingly and that includes their admiration of thugs who (at least in their mind) got things done and if some people had to suffer…well that was the price that had to be paid for progress…..unfortunately they determine for themselves what constitutes progress and their ilk have always (when allowed to) pushed their brand of progress with the most brutal means possible.

Everything we see going on now is merely repetition. One might even say that this is almost being accomplished by rote….no new thoughts….merely the continued repetition of what worked in order to gain power in the past.

Alan Caruba said...

I always liked the way Mussolini ended up. The partisans shot him and his mistress, and hung them upside down in the city square. A proper end for a dictator.

Marion Valentine said...

Thursday, February 26, 2009
When I first started researching Obama and his associates two years ago. I thought He was just a puppet for the Socialist who wanted to gain control of this country.

The more I researched and connected daily events the more I became convinced that it is a plan by Communists for world domination.

My back ground for research: I spent nine years in Navy Intelligence, the last six of which was spent in studying past actions, current actions by the Socialists and using the best intelligence available predicting what the future actions and outcomes would be.

In a previous article "America In Peril" In past events I listed the background of Frank Marshal Davis (Obama's mentor) The goals of the Communist Party USA as entered in the Congressional Record In June, 1963, to illustrate how many of those goals had already been accomplished, and to show that one of the goals was to recruit and train selected people to run for office. I added transcripts of an interview with Yuri Bezmenov (a KGB agent who defected in 1970 and taped the interview in 1984) to show how the goals had been accomplished.
I Linked Obama to the New Party which is just another name for the Communist Party usa, and posted a press release from the New Party showing that indeed Obama was a member when he ran for the Illinois Senate seat.

Next I listed the provisions of the Biden Crime Act, and a list of Executive Orders, that when envoked will virtually give Obama Dictator status.

Recent events lead me to believe that the plan is far more reaching than just turning America into a Socialist country.

The blockage of any attempts to regulate Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac by the Democrats from 1998-2006 ensured they would crash, which they did in Sept. 2007. But the most telling of all events was the 2 hour run on the banks in Sept. 2008 to the tune of 550 billion dollars.
Democrat—Rep. Paul Kanjorski of Pennsylvania said that if authorities had not closed the banks, $5 ½ TRILLION would have been withdrawn from US banks, which would have caused the collapse of the US and within 24 hours the collapse of the world’s economic system.

Who but Obama's Puppetmasters George Soros and the 100+ members of the Democracy Alliance have enough money in money market funds to execute such a run on the banks.

There is nothing illegal about withdrawing one's own money from the bank, but this much at one time caused panic, at the precise time John McCain had just pulled a couple of points ahead of Obama in the National Polls.

Was this the Puppetmasters warning to the world and to George Bush, that if they did not accept a Global Socialist world Order their economy would collapse.

Planned or happenstance
You Decide.

Alan Caruba said...

I, too, am convinced of the truth of your findings and intend to address them in future blog posts.

Obama is, in my view, a Communist, hand-picked and trained to run for office and acquire power. His campaign that began before he even completed a single term in the Senate is a warning sign of this.

Rich Kozlovich said...

Marion Valentine,

Were you a CT?

Marion Valentine said...

Yes Rich I was CT "I" branch

Rich Kozlovich said...

"R" branch here. Got out 10/69. Best wishes.