Monday, August 30, 2010

Why Would Anyone Think Obama is a Muslim?

So, 20% of Americans think Obama is a Muslim. How could they possibly think that? I’m not going to say that he is, or that he isn’t, I don’t know; but I can certainly understand why 1/5 of us think so; and that number is growing.

1. Wait a minute! Didn’t Obama spend 20 years in Rev. Wright’s church? Oh, that’s right. That church is a black liberation-theology church that preaches hatred of whites and hatred of America, and Obama never heard anything that Wright said.

2. Well let’s look at his school, college and graduate school records and writings, and clear this up. Oh dear, we can’t. Somehow all the records of an American president that have always been made available have been sealed in Obama’s case. Strange.

3. We can still clear this up easily. Just look at his birth certificate. Oh gee, we can’t do that either; it has also been sealed, and only a Record of Birth that tells almost nothing has been made available.

4. How about his mother and his father and his relatives? Oh boy, his father was a Muslim; his mother was an atheist, and all his known relatives are Muslims who say Obama is a Muslim.

5. Well, what about his prosecution of the War on Terror? Well, we can’t say “War on Terror” anymore. He wants to close Guantanamo; he set an end-date for Afghanistan, guaranteeing failure there; he tried to deny that the Fort Hood massacre, the Christmas bomber (a foreigner almost immediately granted rights of a US citizen) and the Times Square bomber were acts of Muslim terrorism. He also supports the Cordoba mosque and has sent and financed its promoter, a man who also preaches hatred for America, on a fund-raising trip abroad.

6. How about his prosecution of the men who murdered 17 US sailors on the USS Cole?

Cole killer confusion

August 28, 2010 New York Post

Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri is a man with blood on his hands.

A year before 9/11, the Saudi al Qaeda operative masterminded the bombing of the guided-missile destroyer USS Cole, killing 17 sailors as the vessel refueled in the Yemeni port of Aden.

A Guantanamo tribunal was ready to arraign him last year, but since the Obama administration took office, it's been a case of trial and error.

No trial -- plenty of error.

As the 10th anniversary of the Oct. 12, 2000, attack looms, the White House has inexplicably frozen the prosecution.

The Justice Department said this week that "no charges are either pending or contemplated with respect to al-Nashiri in the near future."

And it's not the first time the Obama White House has meddled with Nashiri's case.
Nashiri's charges were held in abeyance for nine months last year as the Justice Department conducted a review of all cases against Guantanamo detainees.

In the end, White House officials chose to discard years of careful legal work by the Navy's JAG lawyers when they removed the 9/11 suspects' cases from military jurisdiction and turned them over to the federal courts.

But Nashiri's case stayed where it was.

Attorney General Eric Holder said last year that because the Cole bombing was an attack on the military, Nashiri's trial should proceed in a military tribunal.

Did it really take nine months to figure that out?

It's not apparent why the administration is delaying Nashiri's trial now.

What is clear is that the White House has called off any action until after the November elections, learning a lesson -- the wrong lesson -- from their troubles.

"It's politics at this point," one military official told The Washington Post.

Correction: It's been politics from Day One, when Obama made a foolhardy promise to close Gitmo within a year of taking office.

And it's been politics ever since, as the administration has bumbled its way toward 9/11 trials, which now appear years away from even beginning.

We've always been skeptical that you could use the "rule of law" to handle terrorism cases, a worry borne out by the administration's fumbling so far.

If this administration can't figure out how to convict the monster behind the murder of 17 sailors, then let Nashiri simply rot in prison.

Just don't let him out.

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