Blame America first?

Government's bombing investigation instills little confidence

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It’s weird. And more than a little unsettling.

The federal government 1) seems intent on proving the Boston bombers acted alone and 2) has taken steps to ensure we’ll get as little information out of the surviving suspect as possible.

Meanwhile, folks on the left continue to try to blame America for the bombing.

It appears the United States isn’t as unified now as after the 2001 attacks – and, quite honestly, we don’t have the same confidence that our government is doing what it can to protect us.

When the Obama administration decided to read the surviving suspect his Miranda rights, for instance – rather than question him at length as an enemy combatant – that pretty much assured we won’t get whatever public safety information we might have.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., says he has no problem sending the suspect to federal court, but that he should’ve been questioned as an enemy combatant first. Prosecutors can’t use, but won’t need, the information that could be gleaned from such interrogations, Graham argues.

The Obama administration has now thrown away that opportunity.

Some even suspect the government is hiding a possible suspect in the form of the Saudi student who was tackled at the bombing scene and who was first a person of interest, then a witness, then some sort of victim.

We don’t know if that’s true, but neither is the administration filling us with confidence. When Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., asked about reports that the Saudi student was being quickly spirited home, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano angrily – and imperiously – denied knowledge of it and indignantly refused to “dignify” the congressman’s questions with an answer.

You would think more cooperation would be in order at a time such as this. Authorities have urged us to speak up if we see something suspicious – but they’re not quite as forthcoming with us.

And why are they so eager to proclaim that the Brothers Tsarnaev had no help, no ties to Islamic terrorists? How can they be so sure this soon, particularly when they’re only now starting to investigate the older brother’s unexplained six-month expedition to Russia last year – after, mind you, Russian authorities had actually warned the U.S. long ago that he may have terrorist ties or intentions.

Shouldn’t they just go where the investigation leads them, rather than put a conclusion out there ahead of time?

Are they trying to tamp down evidence that the Obama administration’s view of the war on terror – that there really isn’t one – is incorrect and even foolhardy? Are they bending over backward to protect the image of Islam?

Shouldn’t their highest priority be protecting Americans?

Forgive Americans for having a trust issue with this administration: After the deadly attacks on our embassy in Benghazi, Libya, last year, the administration lied about the origin of it – and has kept a lid on the scandal ever since.

After 9-11, the Bush administration did a lot of things that folks on the left didn’t like. But there was never any question what their priorities were. And the critics’ biggest knock on Bush is that he may have done too much to protect the homeland.

Today, we frankly worry that the Obama administration is so tied up in political correctness and its own narrative about the war on terror – it once tried to banish the term – that they will do too little to protect us.

Meanwhile, liberals such as former NBC news anchorman Tom Brokaw even seem to blame America for the Boston bombing, noting our use of drones and America’s overall “presumptuousness.” Would they also argue that a battered woman must look in the mirror to see what she’s done to bring on the abuse? Not likely.

Even if our use of drones was a stimulus, was there not also a stimulus for the drones? Who attacked whom first?

Moreover, Canadian authorities more or less blew up Mr. Brokaw’s blame-America-first reasoning with the arrest of suspects in a bombing plot there this week.

Or perhaps Mr. Brokaw feels the Canadians should now ponder what they, too, have done to bring terror upon themselves?

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Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 04/24/13 - 11:24 am
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War profiteering is a
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War profiteering is a religion now? Sheesh....more redefining to fit the agenda. Sheesh. Next thing we will see someone post "military industrial complex", a term used mostly today by people who detest the very military that secures the freedom that they use to denounce them.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 04/24/13 - 11:33 am
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I wonder if hippy
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I wonder if hippy propagandism is a religion?

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 04/24/13 - 11:37 am
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The war on terror including

The war on terror including the U.S. long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and drone wars elsewhere have only "succeeded" in spreading fundamentalist Islamic movements in the Maghreb, in the Middle East, in South Asia, in the Sahel, and in other parts of Africa. Even Central Asia is factoring into the U.S. "global war on terror". United States and NATO are now into a second decade of war which has become essentially World War Three. The U.S. has established an Africa Command, has special operations forces in as many as 145 countries, and says it will keep fixed wing aircraft and drones in Afghanistan after 2014. Humanity must learn to solve international and internecine problems without going to war or civilization on this planet is doomed. The Soviet Union showed a new paradigm when it peacefully ended the Cold War. Unfortunately United States seized upon the neocon plan to dominate every region on earth, at sea, in the air, in space, and even in cyberspace. The U.S. cannot win this war because of geography, demographics, resources, and historical imperatives. The era of a unitary superpower is over. The neocolonial era is over. We live in a multi-polar world. Americans are only 5% of the world's population. It cannot muster the military superiority to dominate (or "police") the world. Chest thumping, feigning outrage, and claiming to be morally and technologically superior no longer intimidate people who do not live in United States or in NATO participating countries. The U.S. would fare far better if it decided to treat others the way we want to be treated. JMO.

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Humble Angela 04/24/13 - 11:39 am
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A far better strategy than
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A far better strategy than fighting the terrorists is to sit back and let them kill you. Worked so well for Neville Chamberlain.

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Humble Angela 04/24/13 - 11:42 am
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Nice.... "neocolonial." My
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Nice.... "neocolonial." My bingo card is nearly full!!

http://lurkertech.com/buzzword-bingo/dilbert-buzzword.jpg

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ultrarnr 04/24/13 - 12:03 pm
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Cover Up
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it is about time to start the stories about the administration covering up the bombing investigation. Maybe we could blame Hilary for denying more security at the Bostom Marathon.

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burninater 04/24/13 - 12:07 pm
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It is exceptionally

It is exceptionally interesting that only a few days ago, this same editorial staff sincerely hoped that we could avoid speculation and jumping to conclusions in this case, particularly when based on politically-motivated paranoid assumptions.

If it weren't for the fact that Sybil died in 1998, I would have deep suspicions about the true identity of the opinion editor at the AC.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 04/24/13 - 12:10 pm
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Sybil? There IS more than
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Sybil? There IS more than one person writing for the Augusta Chronicle Editorial STAFF.

ymnbde
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ymnbde 04/24/13 - 12:27 pm
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Christians! At last, the last!

the last culturally accepted phobia
and what's a bigot to do?
can't hate anymore
can't hate gays, bla.. African-Americans, women, sea turtles, weather, bombers, illegal ali... imm... undocu... whatever
but miss one dose of medicine, and stand on the rooftop screaming
or pound out in the chatrooms
Christians murdered millions of people! Billions of people! Every person except TWO!
and as penance for that last bit of bigotry
Christians can now be considered a protected class
yes, colleges will not get federal funds
unless their Christian population mirrors the Christian population at large
banks will be judged on how many loans they make to Christians
schools must teach curriculum from a Christian perspective
yep, Christianophobia, fully accepted in the world of victimhood...
thanks jrhc!

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Fiat_Lux 04/24/13 - 12:30 pm
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Hitler wasn't a Christian.

Nope. He wasn't.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 04/24/13 - 12:32 pm
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You are right ymnbde
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And if you can't find anything that says the Christians killed because of their religion, you just make up a new religion and attribute it to them.....I don't know....like war profiteering...and their great Profit St. Bush.

(If he says Halliburton, neocon, or hegemony then I with the bingo game.)

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Bodhisattva 04/24/13 - 12:36 pm
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Gee Angela, if we were in

Gee Angela, if we were in kindergarten I'd swear you had a crush on me as much as you pick on me. I'm well aware that a hybrid doesn't produce seeds that are the equivalent to the parent plant. Since there are no patents to worry about, however, heirlooms are less expensive. The seeds you find in the dollar stores for next to nothing are generally heirlooms. Beck happily shills for his advertiser, using his usual fear tactics and conspiracy theories, so the gullible will shell out big bucks (on sale for $99, regularly $113.85) for a few dollars worth of seeds. Yes, the inverters on the packages hawked on his show contained batteries, otherwise it would require a continuous power source. It was a small self contained system which, like I said, would probably run a lamp a few hours. His current scammer is a guy who has a "weird trick" to get you off "Obama's electric monopoly for good", although I wasn't aware that Obama owned the Southern Company. For mere pennies you can build your own solar panels. I guess for mere pennies you can build your own inverter, copper wiring, charge controller, and again those pesky batteries. I'd really love to see a poll like they used to do daily in the Chronicle on just how many people in this area think that Glenn Beck is even remotely sane.

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burninater 04/24/13 - 12:39 pm
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Sybil? There IS more than one

Sybil? There IS more than one person writing for the Augusta Chronicle Editorial STAFF.
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Yup. I said EDITOR.

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jack234 04/24/13 - 12:40 pm
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The man was a U.S. citizen

The man was a U.S. citizen entitled to the Miranda warnings. What about the Constitution you're not getting here. I can't believe Conservatives just want to disregard the Constitution. Thank you, alert Justice Department.

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Humble Angela 04/24/13 - 12:41 pm
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So you expect the editor to
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So you expect the editor to only allow a piece to be printed if they agree with him/her? Interesting. I would prefer to be fair and balanced.

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Humble Angela 04/24/13 - 12:44 pm
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Not all do, Jack. I say you
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Not all do, Jack. I say you gain NOTHING by calling him a combatant. Don't paint us all with the same brush. I believe in the Constitution, and I'm glad you do.....I look forward to seeing you speak out against the infringement of the second amendment to that Constitution and the fact that Anwar al Alaki was denied his life without due process...What part of the Constitution didn't the President understand when he ordered THAT?

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Truth Matters 04/24/13 - 12:46 pm
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" CNN is scratching and clawing for viewers and ratings" 4/23/13

Get on line CNN, the Augusta Chronicle is running a tight race with you. In their case they are seeking readers....

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justthefacts 04/24/13 - 12:58 pm
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Burn

Since you were the very first person to point fingers last week ( and were dead wrong), you should take it easy on the AC.

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Truth Matters 04/24/13 - 01:00 pm
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Enemy Combatant (EC)

So do we treat the next Skin Head, KKK member who terrorize as EC's? They are terrorists and hate the US government which to me is synomous with hating America. And if that is the standard, why didn't we try Tim McVeigh as an EC?

At some point we need to remember the goal of a terrorist__to change us and our way of life. Well, look no further than ACES, Sen. Graham and some on this page for they are now ready to throw our laws out the window. The very laws that our "enemy" hates.

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burninater 04/24/13 - 01:16 pm
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jtf, I said it sounded

jtf, I said it sounded domestic. One suspect had been in the US since he was a teenager, the other since he was 9 years old. I said nothing about possible political or religious motivations, merely that it sounded domestic. Current evidence is that they acted without foreign assistance. We will have to wait as the investigation unfolds, but "dead wrong" may not be supported with what is currently known.

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justthefacts 04/24/13 - 01:27 pm
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"Boston, on tax day. Another bomb at JFK Presidential library. Hate to say it, but this sounds domestic" Tax day? JFK Library? That's not political? You took a not so veiled shot at the Tea Party and Republicans. You can dance around it all you want, but you were dead wrong.

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Humble Angela 04/24/13 - 01:36 pm
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Not a crush. I only pick on
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Not a crush. I only pick on you when you are wrong.

burninater
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burninater 04/24/13 - 01:49 pm
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You took a not so veiled shot

You took a not so veiled shot at the Tea Party and Republicans.
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No, I presumed anger at American institutions, and said NOTHING about political motivations. It could just as easily have been the anarchist Left.

Foreign terror attacks on the US have focused on symbols of Western economic and military establishments, not civil institutions. Civil institutions are more commonly the target of domestic attacks.

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Humble Angela 04/24/13 - 03:04 pm
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I wonder if someone would be
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I wonder if someone would be jumping to conclusions if on the day of the bombing they posted, "sounds like Islamic terrorism to me."

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Humble Angela 04/24/13 - 03:14 pm
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"jtf, I said it sounded
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"jtf, I said it sounded domestic. One suspect had been in the US since he was a teenager, the other since he was 9 years old. I said nothing about possible political or religious motivations, merely that it sounded domestic."

At the time that you posted " Hate to say it, but this sounds domestic." There were no suspects, and NOTHING was knows about motives, yet you JUMPED to the conclusion that it sounded domestic......with NO evidence. Sorry......JTF had this one right.

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burninater 04/24/13 - 03:59 pm
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HA, place and time are

HA, place and time are evidence. Would somebody have been jumping to conclusions if they said it was Islamic terrorism? Yes. Radical Islamic? Given our past history, no, that wouldn't have been jumping to a conclusion.

Apparently there was a reason why the early evidence had hallmarks of both domestic and radical Islamic terror. It was both.

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rmwhitley 04/24/13 - 04:23 pm
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The difference
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between the left and a pile of crap; I can stand the smell of crap if I absolutely have to.

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Humble Angela 04/24/13 - 04:53 pm
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So with the exact same
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So with the exact same evidence it's NOT jumping to conclusions to say it is domestic terror, but it IS jumping to conclusions to say it is Islamic terror. Tell me something...did you assume it was Islamic terror when the Murrah Federal building was attacked? Did you think it was Domestic terrorists who attacked Times Square? Time and place seem to be sketchy evidence at best.

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burninater 04/24/13 - 06:17 pm
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HA, you didn't read my post

HA, you didn't read my post clearly.

I said Islamic terrorism was jumping to conclusions. RADICAL Islamic terrorism was NOT jumping to conclusions.

The difference?

The greater than 99.9% of Islamics NOT engaged in terrorism.

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Humble Angela 04/24/13 - 06:08 pm
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So you are saying there are
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So you are saying there are Islamists that are NOT radical? Otherwise, most normal people would have assumed that just by nature of them being terrorists that they were radical.

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