He's not all by himself

Did Times Square bomber act alone? Define 'alone'

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News outlets continue to try to create the impression that the Times Square bomber was "acting alone." For some reason, this is an important, perhaps comforting, notion to some reporters.

"The Pakistani-American accused of the failed Times Square car bombing is believed to have been working alone," the Associated Press insisted as recently as Wednesday.

Never mind that authorities were even then investigating whether Muslim Taliban radicals in Pakistan were involved, perhaps in training the chief suspect.

But let's just say for argument's sake that Faisal Shahzad technically worked alone. Does that mean he harbored unique resentments -- maybe, oh, because his Connecticut house was foreclosed on? CNN personality Jim Acosta, in a bizarre bit of empathy for an accused attempted bomber of innocent civilians, noted recently that, "One would have to imagine that (foreclosure) brought a lot of pressure and a lot of heartache on that family."

Over at CBS, reporter Bob Orr, oddly proposing that Shahzad's motive is "unclear," nonetheless speculated that it might be because, even after a year of citizenship, Shahzad "has not realized any American dream."

Think about what that man just said. That CBS reporter said, in essence, that America may have let Shahzad down .

So he just snapped. And obviously, as any one of us would have done, he tried to bomb Times Square.

What planet have these people been reporting on?

The truth is, if Faisal Shahzad is the Times Square bomber, he's not a depressed former homeowner. How many foreclosure victims leave a smoldering, bomb-filled SUV to explode in a busy tourist spot on a Saturday night?

It's most likely he had technical support along the way. But if nothing else, he had the moral support of fellow radicals who have gone before him and will most surely follow him. They may not be co-conspirators, per se, but they're ideological accomplices. They share a kindred spirit, a belief system that says Americans and other Westerners are evil and either need to be converted or exterminated.

Reporters delusional enough to try to sell us fairy-tale nonsense that this bomber, or any other Muslim radical, honed their craft in a lonely vacuum are not only world-class naive, but are hazardous to this nation's security because they're peddling a fiction designed to lower our guard and try to make us feel better. The underlying message of their chronic "lone wolf" fable is that the danger has passed; it wasn't connected to anyone else, after all. Of course, that's just demonstrably untrue.

Meanwhile, you have to wonder if the Obama administration has its guard up sufficiently. Of course, they are loath to use the word "terrorism" to begin with -- and neither Mr. Obama nor press secretary Robert Gibbs could bring themselves to call the Times Square incident "terrorism" at first. Mr. Obama also had implored us not to "jump to conclusions" after Nidal Hasan shouted "God is great!" and killed his comrades at Fort Hood. In the Times Square and Detroit "underwear bomber" cases, the suspects were foiled only through the vigilance of citizens around them. "Luck," to the layman.

And while searching for Shahzad, the government decided not to call airlines and alert them about his addition to the no-fly list. They barely stopped his plane from leaving for Dubai.

Most troubling, after four Muslim attacks on U.S. soil in his first year-plus in office, you've got to wonder if President Obama's entreaties to the Muslim world are making us any safer -- or if we're just less girded for attack.

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Pay What U Owe
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Pay What U Owe 05/09/10 - 10:38 pm
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I wish this town had a real

I wish this town had a real paper of record instead of the low-grade bird cage liner passing as a propaganda rag for the Morris family and their uneducated stooges.

According to the Cheney-Bush fear machine, there were threats all the time. Something was going on in Chicago, in Miami, in Southern California that required lots of hysteria to justify their tyranny du jour. The idea that this is something new is about the level of quality you would expect of the yellow journalists in the AC's employ.

Political quarterbacks are real good as second guessing national crises after the fact. The AC routinely crucified anyone that did this during the previous administration and it shows their lack of integrity by switching tactics when the administration is not one they support.

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TheFederalist 05/09/10 - 11:35 pm
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I am so glad that this town

I am so glad that this town DOES have a REAL paper of record that will always tell the truth, and doesn't just parrot the same old tired mantra of the liberals in the lamestream media. Yes, today, as we all guessed, the hussein administration has now announced that Faisal Shahzad did NOT act alone, and has numerous ties to MUSLIM EXTREMIST TERRORIST organizations in Pakistan. Just as we all thought, at least those that were concerned enough to care. I am still trying to understand why the poster above, is STILL ranting on about the previous administration, when we should all be concerned about the lack of safety currently being offered by the gang of thugs in power now? I guess that horse will never be dead enough for some. The truth of the matter is, and some just can't get a grip on reality, that after 9-11, there were no further attacks on GW's watch. Unlike now, where we have had several, and thank god that these MUSLIM EXTREMIST TERRORISTS are not skilled, or there would already be much greater loss of life than we already have. Thank you AC, for another outstanding column, and for telling us the honest truth, instead of mimicing the liberal agenda like most newspapers. Your journalistic integrity is above reproach, despite some who continue to snipe because you are not a run of the mill leftist rag. Proof of that is the fact that this article was written BEFORE they announced that he did NOT act alone. Unlike most of the others, that were desperate for him to be a "Lone Wolf", or an evil Christian with a grudge, or what they really wanted....a disgruntled TEA party member! Sorry....turned out to simply be another MUSLIM EXTREMIST TERRORIST, working diligently to murder innocent Americans in the name of ALLAH.

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KSL 05/10/10 - 02:41 am
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Uh, yes, for now they have

Uh, yes, for now they have paled in comparison. Could that be because Bush's people put into play folks in numerous agencies who are bird-dogging the people who would commit such attacks? No doubt. Could it be that killing or capturing a bunch of the brains behind the 9/11 attacks left gaps in the "strategery" of the bad guys and now they are having to result to more attacks by less competent single individuals and not a coordinated group attack? I don't suppose there would be any reason that the number of small potatoes attacks are up under the Obama administration. All that bowing and kissing up to the Muslim world has really worked well, hasn't it?

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audioofbeing 05/10/10 - 02:36 am
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"The truth of the matter is,

"The truth of the matter is, and some just can't get a grip on reality, that after 9-11, there were no further attacks on GW's watch."

Richard Reid. Anthrax. Multiple attacks on women's clinics, including bombs and arson. DC snipers. Explosives thrown at the Mexican Consulate in NYC. Shooter at the Unitarian church in Tennessee. Multiple bombings and assaults on US embassies overseas.

This is the shortest list I am capable of coming up with. If I didn't know it already, because this argument comes up so often with such a lack of evidence, it would take me all of five minutes to put together through use of the internet. I did that the first time I had to point out where somebody was saying a thing that was not true. I hope you find this information useful.

"Most troubling, after four Muslim attacks on U.S. soil in his first year-plus in office, you've got to wonder if President Obama's entreaties to the Muslim world are making us any safer -- or if we're just less girded for attack."

After multiple terrorist attacks on government officials by white men since Obama's election, you have to wonder if the existence of radical white men in America is making us any stronger - or if we're just turning a blind eye to the true threat to the American way of life.

Pause a moment, consider how much you want to write something about how stupid I am for making this statement, and then realize that it's really, really not that far from what the Chronicle appears to be saying. Especially considering that all but one of the cases I assume the Chronicle refers to has been carried out by an American citizen. Pretty poorly I might add.

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KSL 05/10/10 - 02:46 am
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Give me a break. There have

Give me a break. There have been attacks on abortion clinics throughout the time since Roe v Wade. Throw that out as an issue. That's like bringing up gay bashing.

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KSL 05/10/10 - 02:53 am
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Maybe we are not girded

Maybe we are not girded enough for the single Muslim attack because our caretakers are making certain no dirty bombs or planes are used. It's got to be pretty hard to prevent all lone wolf terrorists. Doesn't mean they aren't being sponsored by our Muslim enemies though. Doesn't mean each attack that is successful is Obama's fault any more than he was responsible for capturing the Times Square bomber.

I do think he thought he could take the job in Washington, make nice with them, and all would be good. He appears to be learning that isn't the case, but he isn't getting it fast enough or deeply enough.

audioofbeing
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audioofbeing 05/10/10 - 03:04 am
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I didn't say George Bush

I didn't say George Bush caused abortion clinic bombings. They're terrorism, and they happened during his time in office. If somebody had bombed a series of gay institutions with the intent of causing fear and altering the behavior they want altered, yes, that would be terrorism as well. Ignoring them is narrow minded and unhelpful at best.

I didn't bring it up to start a discussion on abortion politics, I brought it up because there's a very narrow public understanding of what terrorism is. The article doesn't seem to look beyond that understanding.

I'm not going to defend the media's treatment of this, it was beyond pathetic but for a host of reasons that don't include immediately assuming that a scattered, diverse, and incredibly pressured collection of radicals in a part of Pakistan that's been a hellhole for years spent six months training an American citizen how to make the world's second-silliest bomb — after the Christmas Day bomber, of course.

audioofbeing
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audioofbeing 05/10/10 - 03:10 am
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For the record, I agree with

For the record, I agree with you that the majority of these attacks can't be pinned on a sitting president at all, current or past. Blaming Bush for any of the events I listed above is ridiculously silly as well.

The point that I think is missed by the article is that these were, for the most part, American citizens. They weren't hard-liners from Saudi Arabia. If foreign policy had a hand in this at all, it can't be pinned on being too light-handed, because more force would have done nothing but inflamed these guys more quickly in all likelihood. Dropping more bombs would have in no way prevented any of these attacks. The diminishment of civil rights wouldn't have either. There's a discussion to be had here, and it doesn't involve the condemnation of all dialogue with the various groups that make up the Muslim community.

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KSL 05/10/10 - 03:32 am
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I cannot disagree with what

I cannot disagree with what you have said.

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johnston.cliff 05/10/10 - 05:02 am
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How many IQ tests do you have

How many IQ tests do you have to fail to be qualified as a Dem blind fool? Look at all of the sillies that think this was Bush's fault. What does it say about this country that the congress and white house are controlled by these geniuses? Can November get here soon enough?

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Riverman1 05/10/10 - 05:04 am
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The reporting by the national

The reporting by the national media about the Times Square Bomber was bizzare. They tried their best to deny it was a Taliban operative. Contessa Brewer even openly wished he was not connected to the Taliban. Weird.

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southernguy08 05/10/10 - 06:41 am
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AUDIO, the muslim officer
Unpublished

AUDIO, the muslim officer that killed 12 people at an army base, the attempted blowing up of a plane by the underwear bomber, and the attempted bombing of Times Square were all under Obama's watch. You know, the man who was going to create so much "change." What's your point? If you're saying 9/11 was Bush's fault because he was president at the time, where do you draw the line? FDR was president when Pearl Harbor was bombed, after he had been warned. I agree, sounds silly.

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Whyisit01 05/10/10 - 07:08 am
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The Chronicle+Editors=WILL

The Chronicle+Editors=WILL NEVER WIN A PULITZER PRIZE: This one sided leaning paper. These daily editorials are some of the worst ones written in the country. I'm glad this is local paper and not national. Atleast you can get USA Today in Augusta.

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 05/10/10 - 07:21 am
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ACES fail to note that the

ACES fail to note that the specific Pakistani group that may have aided Faisal Shahzad in his "amateurish" (the word that NY authorities used) attack on Times Square is the TTP or Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan. The TTP claims the failed attack on Times Square was in response to ongoing missiles launched into Pakistan from U.S. drones.

The U.S. war on terror in Pakistan has killed hundreds of civilians and relatively few Al Qaeda or Taliban. These attacks have succeeded in polarizing and destabilizing Pakistan to such an extent that the larger U.S. war in Afghanistan and Pakistan is now referred to as the AfPak War. Peter Bergen wrote a piece recently on a study that found the U.S. air war in Pakistan had reached the limits of its effectiveness and has now become counterproductive.

U.S. pressure on Pakistan to widen its war on the Pakistan Taliban has increased since the Times Square attempted bombing. Factoring in that United States tried to kill Hakimullah Meshud the head of the TTP in a drone attack only strengthens the supposition that the attack in Times Square was TTP retaliation.

Al Qaeda and formerly disparate Pakistan Taliban and other groups have found common cause and united against United States. They were individually powerless against United States, but combined they have the resources and ability to strike here. Expect more attacks on the U.S. homeland in future as United States escalates its war in Afghanistan and widens its war in Pakistan.

Meanwhile Iraq is still volatile and violent. Robert Gates says United States cannot afford more wars and may be constrained in other actions including launching military strikes against Iran. These are the consequences of United States waging unwise, unwinnable wars in the Middle East and South Asia for the last 9 years.

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seenitB4 05/10/10 - 07:34 am
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Just one question

Just one question Cain.....were we over in Pakistan with drones(or any country) when 9-11 hit??? If we pulled out today..do you really think the hits on the USA would stop.

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 05/10/10 - 07:59 am
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Read what Obama bin Laden

Read what Obama bin Laden says were his reasons for planning the 9/11 attacks, seenitB4. He says he got the idea to strike tall building in the U.S. from watching buildings in Beirut burn after they were attacked by Israel during the 1980 invasion of Lebanon. Israel flew American made jets. United States supplies Israel with much of its military might and unquestioningly backs Israel in its suppression of Palestinians.

OBL also has a grudge against United States for its support of the corrupt royal family in his native Saudi Arabia. OBL is influenced by the Sunni cult of Wahhabism which was founded in Saudi Arabia. United States has a long history of meddling in the Middle East including the 1953 overthrow of a democratically elected government in Iran and the subsequent installation of the Shah.

So, seenitB4, U.S. military involvement in the Middle East was widespread even before 9/11 attacked. OBL's stated objective is to eject foreign powers including United States from historically Muslim lands from Lebanon to Afghanistan. There has been a backlash against U.S. efforts to force the entire Middle East and South Asia under a U.S. national security umbrella. Too bad we did not study the history of Afghanistan. Those Pashtun tribes have never been subjected by any foreign power going back to Alexander the Great. Afghanistan is known as the graveyard of empires. American hubris is responsible for disastrous military misadventures.

To answer your question specifically, seenitB4, if United States left the Middle East and South Asia and was content to be part of a multi-polar world instead of the world dominant military superpower it pretends to be, then yes, attacks on United States would stop. United States has alienated Muslims worldwide by what they see, and not without some justification, as an attack on Islam. Until then, wars will continue in lands that United States invaded and occupies, and attacks on the U.S. homeland will escalate IMO.

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Frogmore 05/10/10 - 07:55 am
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"If we pulled out today do

"If we pulled out today do you really think the hits on the USA would stop."

Who knows?

Can we think about it in these terms?

A life lesson I personally continually keep relearning is that when I mess with other peoples lives and try to help, having good intentions, it usually ends poorly.

And so far, pretty much without fail, every time I jump into a crazy whirlwind of crap, I usually get myself turned around and come out, if I get out, with a stinky suit.

I am not putting daisies in machine guns.

Hard to blame religious fanatics; they're just crazy people, right?

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johnston.cliff 05/10/10 - 07:59 am
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Just crazy people? Yeah. The

Just crazy people? Yeah. The mere coincidence that they're all Muslim certainly doesn't come into play. The fact they train in one of the middle east camps doesn't come into play. The fact they receive financial support from their Muslim associates doesn't come into play. These are just rogue crazies. One offs.

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seenitB4 05/10/10 - 08:01 am
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You are so dreaming if you

You are so dreaming if you really think the hits on the USA would stop....I wish I could live in this wonderful world of fantasy,,,maybe then I wouldn't need vodka martinis...imho

getalife
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getalife 05/10/10 - 08:05 am
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Great editorial. November

Great editorial. November 2010 and 2012 cannot get here fast enough.

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Whyisit01 05/10/10 - 08:09 am
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This is one of many awful

This is one of many awful editorials = NO PULITIZER PRIZE ever LOL. These are some horrible one sided editorials LOL... OMG this paper is a hot mess.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 05/10/10 - 08:13 am
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Not really why is it...Let's

Not really why is it...Let's all hold hands now & sing...kumbaya...all together now...that should make the boogey-man go away..I needed a jolt this am...Cain always gives me a good one!!!

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 05/10/10 - 08:45 am
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seenitB4, United States

seenitB4, United States helped created the "boogey-man". Charlie Wilson and the CIA found the meanest, most radical, most religious, best fighters in Afghanistan and pitted them against the Soviet Union. Those were the forerunners of the current warlords of northern Afghanistan and the Taliban of southern Afghanistan. You think that anti-American sentiment just rises from no cause whatsoever, and that United States acts benevolently everywhere in the world? Think again, seenitB4.

The Taliban is a group focused locally in Afghanistan and Pakistan. They are not a worldwide jihadist network like Al Qaeda. The U.S. air war in Pakistan has resulted in what was a weakened Al Qaeda and disparate Taliban groups forming an alliance. The U.S. war on terror is counterproductive because it is creating terrorists. I'm not the only one saying this. Read what experts say. You bomb my family, and you have made yourself my enemy for life. We've done that in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Terrorism is not a threat to the survival of this country. It is a nuisance at worse that can be dealt with through police actions and international cooperative efforts. Fielding entire armies and occupying foreign lands does not diminish the threat of terrorism. It enhances the threat of terrorism. And don't forget that oil and other energy supplies (including natural gas) are a large part of this volatile mix.

The U.S. mission in Afghanistan is doomed. We will never stand up an Afghan military and police force that is capable of sustaining itself. U.S. policy will be forced to change as it becomes crystal clear that United States cannot win a military victory in Afghanistan under any guise.

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seenitB4 05/10/10 - 08:54 am
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Oh Cain please....to say

Oh Cain please....to say terrorism isn't a threat is unreal thinking...the only reason the terror groups haven't set off a nuke in NYC is because they haven't perfected their plan YET!....What will be your argument after that happens ? We know we can not stop every attack...just plain common sense tells us that..but thanks again for the jolt ya gave me..love ya--mean it!

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chipshirley 05/10/10 - 09:07 am
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This stupid story would be

This stupid story would be funny if it wasn't such a sad lying sack of ticks.

Oh my god! The Obama administration actually waited until they had all the information before they announced it!

Listen TheFederalist and this stupid AC newspaper...The administration started releasing info' about this guy's Taliban ties since last week!

Yesterday they had military rep's on all the news shows giving chapter and verse about the roots of this coming from the Taliban!

So about five days late this stupid paper makes a big deal out of some erroneous reporting that is ancient history now.

Oh boy, if it wasn't for the great and wonderous Augusta Chronicle then the Obama administration would surely have blamed all this on Newt Gingrich.

Wake up weakbrains.

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Kitten35 05/10/10 - 09:32 am
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"I wish this town had a real

"I wish this town had a real paper of record instead of..."

Thank you. This was confirmed over the weekend that he was not acting alone and that the Taliban was heavily involved.

Why was this propaganda even published?

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 05/10/10 - 09:38 am
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Terrorism is not an

Terrorism is not an existential threat to United States, and the U.S. military occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan certainly have little to do with fighting or preventing terrorism. They are U.S. efforts to dominate the region and command the resources of the Middle East and South Asia including oil and natural gas supplies.

Iran developing a nuclear weapon does not mean an attack on Israel or on United States. It only changes the balance of power in the region.

Pakistani nukes may be more vulnerable, but if that is our concern then radicalizing the Pakistan Taliban by waging war on them only makes nuclear instability in Pakistan more likely. The U.S. drone war in Pakistan is counterproductive.

United States invaded Iraq under the known false pretense of WMD including Dick Cheney claiming for a fact that Iraq had resumed its nuclear weapons program. Not true! Cheney also believes if Iran develops a nuclear weapon it will immediately hand it over to Hezbollah in Lebanon, and Cheney claims Hezbollah has the ability to smuggle that weapon into United States. This is pure paranoia.

If United States continues its wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan in pursuit of military domination of the Middle East and South Asia, that makes terrorism of all kinds more likely including the possibility of loose nukes falling into the wrong hands. If United States quits waging these wars and works with other nations as an equal partner including working with Interpol to fight terrorism and secure loose nukes, the threat of both non-nuclear and nuclear terrorism diminishes. The use of soft power does not rule out the use of force when necessary.

Afghanistan poses no threat whatsoever to United States. Why are still fighting there 9 years after the Taliban were overthrown and Al Qaeda camps dismantled? Stand off weapons can insure that those camps are not reestablished. Keep on keeping on with the same strategy, including a surge of U.S. troops into Afghanistan, only guarantees the further destabilization of Pakistan and a wider, more costly war. It also increases the likelihood of terrorist attacks inside the U.S. homeland.

Whyisit01
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Whyisit01 05/10/10 - 10:02 am
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I just shake my head at these

I just shake my head at these editorials, a day late and a dollar short. NONE of these editors or this paper will ever win a pulitzer prize. I'm glad this is a LOCAL paper that reaches the backwoods few from the CSRA that support and believe everything printed here. *YIKES*

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InChristLove 05/10/10 - 10:04 am
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I'm sorry JRHC, this may not

I'm sorry JRHC, this may not be Christian-like, but you sir are living in a dream world.

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Rhetor 05/10/10 - 10:28 am
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I've been keeping a close eye

I've been keeping a close eye on the so-called mainstream media, and they have reported the bomber's Taliban and Pakistani connections quite thoroughly as quickly as the facts became available. They have in no way given me the impression that the man acted alone. I have no idea what motivated this silly editorial.

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