One by one, targeting the West

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In the movie Jeremiah Johnson, Robert Redford's mountain-man character has incurred the wrath of an Indian tribe, which sends solitary warriors to ambush him at varying intervals.

"Is it always like this?" asks a friend who witnesses one such assassination attempt. "One at a time?"

"Yep," Johnson says.

Is the Western world now living the life of Jeremiah Johnson?

It would seem so, after a Nigerian Muslim attempted to blow up an airliner flying into Detroit on Christmas -- and after an ax-wielding Muslim attacked a Danish cartoonist in his home on New Year's Day.

The attack on cartoonist Kurt Westergaard, who drew the infamous Prophet Muhammad cartoons that stoked outrage in the Islamic world several years ago, was especially brazen. The would-be killer smashed through Westergaard's window and tried to hack him to death Friday night. Thankfully, Westergaard was able to summon police and dive into a secure "panic room," which the attacker could not penetrate. The attempted assassin was later wounded and arrested by police.

The assault on Westergaard, however, was no more brazen than the killing of filmmaker Theo Van Gogh in 2004. He was shot and stabbed multiple times in broad daylight and nearly beheaded, and letters of Muslim rage were left stabbed to Van Gogh's chest.

An associate of Van Gogh's, Somali-born Dutch politician Ayaan Hirsi Ali -- with whom Van Gogh made a film critical of Islam's treatment of women -- also has been threatened and is in hiding.

But you don't have to exercise your right to free speech to be targeted: Yemen has warned that hundreds more radical Muslims in that country alone are planning to attack innocents in the West.

Belatedly, U.S. authorities this week announced a new program of intense screening of U.S.-bound airline passengers from 14 terror-supporting states and "countries of interest." But news reports indicated no such enhanced screening Monday in several major foreign airports.

Until this point, the Obama administration has failed to demonstrate either minimal competence or rudimentary comprehension of the threat against the West. It has refused to concede that we're even engaged in a war on terror; the administration said -- before being shouted down -- that the system "worked" in the case of the Detroit airliner (when, in fact, ordinary citizens had to save the plane); and it seemed unwilling to admit the Fort Hood shootings were an act of Muslim terror.

It's not just the Obama administration, either. After the Detroit airliner attack, CNN's Larry King asked a guest: How do we know he wasn't just a crazy person (as opposed to part of a larger radical Muslim wave)? Well, gosh Larry -- maybe by looking at the historical evidence under our noses.

If Jeremiah Johnson had similarly failed to acknowledge reality, he would have been a dead man.

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johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 01/05/10 - 02:48 am
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Our current elected

Our current elected president, Barack Hussien Obama, was raised in the peaceful religion of Islam. While he publicly denies any connection with the faith, he's very understanding of the efforts against the United States and he apologizes for the actions of his adopted country. I wish he understood America as well as he seems to understand the peaceful religion of Islam. (only three more years)

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carcraft 01/05/10 - 03:15 am
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johnston.cliff on Tue Jan 5,

johnston.cliff on Tue Jan 5, 2010 2:48 AM Obumbler's logical dissonance in terms of Islam and terrorism was beautifully and eruditely expressed by Charles Krauthammer in the Augusta Chronicles Sunday editorial section! Great read!

jebko
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jebko 01/05/10 - 05:52 am
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'Watch yer Top Knot'

'Watch yer Top Knot'

Rhetor
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Rhetor 01/05/10 - 06:03 am
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Anyone who reads a real

Anyone who reads a real newspaper knows that Obama has been taking substantial and quick efforts in response to the attempted airline bombing. This editorial is absurd.

ICSunshine
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ICSunshine 01/05/10 - 06:10 am
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Rhetoric, he has done

Rhetoric, he has done absolutely nothing except agree to accept phone calls from his own handlers. But that will allegedly change today when he finally actually meets with members of the national security team. Hey, it's only been 11 days......

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 01/05/10 - 06:10 am
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rhetor;point out some of

rhetor;point out some of these substantial and quick efforts

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 01/05/10 - 06:16 am
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well, rhetor,just point out

well, rhetor,just point out ANY effort on hussein's part

Rhetor
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Rhetor 01/05/10 - 06:22 am
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Do you good people not read a

Do you good people not read a real newspaper? Travellers from high-risk countries are now getting pat-down searches. The terrorist watch list has been expanded. The President ordered a complete review of all security procedures. Today's meeting is a follow-up for him to review his team's newest findings recommendations. Once again, this editorial is absurd.

ICSunshine
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ICSunshine 01/05/10 - 06:29 am
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Rhetoric, read the story the

Rhetoric, read the story the AP currently has on the additional checks not being implemented. Or just check Rants & Raves for the digest I posted there. You are delusional.....the few pitiful efforts have not caught or deterred any terrorist plots and they were merelyknee-jerk reactions from Napolitano who should be fired today and was trying to save her behind from the chopping block. Obama himself has done nothing.

ICSunshine
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ICSunshine 01/05/10 - 06:32 am
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"Ordering a review" following

"Ordering a review" following a terrorist attack is already in the book. Telling his appointees to do what they are supposed to do hardly demonstrates "substantial and quick efforts in response". If he had them doing what they were supposed to be doing before the attack, it might not have happened.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 01/05/10 - 06:39 am
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We've been at war since 2001

We've been at war since 2001 and Obama has been in office since Jan 20 of this year and now he's taking substantial and swift action? 2012 can't get here soon enough.

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 01/05/10 - 07:24 am
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Why is the west &

Why is the west & specifically United States under attack by radical Muslims? Could it have something to do with the fact that United States has been meddling in the Middle East for the last 80 years - 1st & always in search of oil & control over that resource but also because the U.S. has given unqualified support for Israel including aid & arms for the past 62 years? Osama bin Laden tells us why he is waging jihad against America. 1st, it is because United States supports corrupt gov'ts like that of Saudi Arabia (because the U.S. & its oil giants want access to Saudi oil). The U.S. & Britain helped overthrow a democratically elected gov't in Iran in 1953 because the Prime Minister was about to nationalize Iran's oil industry. The U.S. played Iraq vs Iran during 8 years of war in the 1980s. The U.S. has backed every Israeli war & military action since 1948. The U.S. & other post WWII great powers on the UN security council established the Jewish state of Israel in 1948 over the objections of every surrounding nation. The U.S. has not been even handed in its dealings with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict which is the sine quo non for peace in the Middle East. All this feeds jihad.

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 01/05/10 - 07:32 am
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I hasten to add that Osama

I hasten to add that Osama bin Laden says he does not hate us and fight us because of our freedoms but because our military occupies Muslim lands. Al Qaeda states that its objective is to expel foreign occupiers from Muslim lands and to establish a caliphate from Lebanon to Pakistan. The U.S. war on terror has been counterproductive because instead of reducing the number of terrorist by "killing them all" as Dick Cheney prescribed, we have created more enemies of United States and thereby more potential terrorist by waging an unjust war and occupation in Iraq and by occupying Afghanistan and waging war there for more than 8 years. We have "succeeded" in destabilizing Pakistan, in polarizing that population, and in spreading war now to Yemen. Anti-American sentiment is growing, and if we were smart and self-analytical, we would ask ourselves why. The explanation does not lie in the basic tenets of Islam. It is more revealing to examine the Sunni cult of Wahhabism which originated in Saudi Arabia. U.S. military actions help radicalize Muslims on the receiving end. Pakistanis are now having nightmares about the U.S. surge in Afghanistan because it will affect them negatively.

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corgimom 01/05/10 - 07:33 am
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If somebody really wants to

If somebody really wants to blow up a plane, they will. However, once again, you can again sleep soundly tonight- my carry-on luggage was thoroughly searched on Friday, I had a bottle of children's liquid Motrin (which I have to have with me.) God forbid that a 51 year old disabled woman have a bottle of liquid Motrin. That is a big threat to the security of the US.

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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 01/05/10 - 07:33 am
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Bush was criticized for

Bush was criticized for completing the reading of a few pages of a childrens book when the WTC was attacked. That was nothing, Obama finished 8 more days of vacation and golf!!

ICSunshine
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ICSunshine 01/05/10 - 07:41 am
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Okay, Dear Abby, I'll bite.

Okay, Dear Abby, I'll bite. What happened? Was it confiscated or were you allowed to take it with you?

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terry67 01/05/10 - 07:46 am
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Johncain - All that BS you

Johncain - All that BS you just spewed out makes it "OK" for what radical muslims have done for CENTURIES? Again you are clueless! The fact is this: You are a Muslim, you convert to Muslim, or you are an Infidel, which means you must die. THAT is why anyone and everyone is a target! Not to mention the fact that they fight amongst themselves over religious differences. Regardless of what you think, even if we were not in the Middle East, they would HATE us and want us DEAD.....or Muslim...or both. It's called REALITY....try it.

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 01/05/10 - 07:46 am
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The Augusta Chronicle

The Augusta Chronicle editorial staff (ACES) is not acknowledging reality when it continues to pretend that United States is pristine & without blame for its actions while radicalized Muslims are evil & driven by hatred. I acknowledge that many militant Muslims are bent on revenge. That is human nature. Look at the Americans who continue to want revenge for 9/11. Muslims want revenge when their relatives are killed by U.S. air strikes. 700 Pakistan civilians were killed last year (2009) in missile strikes fired from U.S. drone aircraft. Innocent Afghans & innocent Iraqis are killed by mistake "for being the the wrong place at the wrong time". ACES should acknowledge reality & ask themselves why a Jordanian physician became radicalized & blew up 7 CIA agents & himself in a calculated, well-planned attack. Why are Muslims willing to die for their cause? Some are well educated & not poor. Osama bin Laden himself comes from a privileged background. Why is the 150 year old Wahhabi cult resurgent? Why has the Taliban sprung to life after 8 years? Maybe the fact that U.S. wars are not only against radical Muslims but also an effort to militarily dominate the Middle East & South Asia.

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 01/05/10 - 08:00 am
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That's right, terry67, make

That's right, terry67, make excuses for the U.S. waging an unjustified war in Iraq by saying "even if we were not in the Middle East they would still hate us". That is just an excuse, Brother, and a sorry one at that. The terror attacks on 9/11/01 were NOT justified, and United States has the right & responsibility to bring those DIRECTLY responsible to justice, but neither were those attacks entirely unprovoked or out of the blue. Unless the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is resolved there will be no peace in the Middle East. The war on terror will escalate & escalate. It will involve India, Iran & Israel if these wars are not curbed. United States CANNOT WIN militarily in Afghanistan. Retired Gen. Barry McCaffrey says we may expect 300 to 500 U.S. casualties every month by summer 2010. United States cannot win a war of attrition. They will wear us down over the long term. We don't have the manpower or the money to wage decades long wars. Look at the progression of war over the past 8 years. First was war in Afghanistan, then war in Iraq, then war in Somalia, then war in Pakistan, and now war in Yemen. War has spread & spread which is evidence our strategy is counterproductive.

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seenitB4 01/05/10 - 08:28 am
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Cain if we go by your logic

Cain if we go by your logic we would give the USA back to the Indians & get out.. Think U want to give up your cushy life in rural Ga. I don't think they invited the white man here..We took over,, & killed everything & everybody to do it..

justthefacts
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justthefacts 01/05/10 - 08:51 am
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With respect to Cain's

With respect to Cain's argument, maybe we should just pull back and give the rest of the world a chance. No one appreciates our money, efforts, and lives lost anyway. We borrow from China and then give it to Pakistan, Iraq, South America and anybody else who we feel needs it. Why not let them get what they need straight from China...cut out the middle man. These countries have no respect for us. Look at the way Obama was treated in Copenhagen. Read the latest on the airport security checks. Most have not followed through on Obama's demand for stricter security. We have to choose between taking care of our own or everybody else in the world. In the short term, I vote us.

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 01/05/10 - 08:52 am
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seenitB4, so you think might

seenitB4, so you think might makes right, eh? United States as a world leader must set the example of how to settle differences without resorting to war. Michael Gorbachev peacefully ended the cold war. That could have ended must differently & much less satisfactorily for all concerned. The only things that prevent United States from withdrawing from Iraq & Afghanistan is false pride & fear of humiliation. I understand that Great Powers play the grand game of war. There is also something known as guerrilla warfare. That is when the weaker side in an asymmetric conflict adopts tactics that the stronger side abhors. American revolutionaries used guerrilla tactics against the British redcoats. United States should have learned its lesson in Vietnam. We are now engaged in 2 more neocolonial, political wars & we are having guerrilla tactics used against our occupation forces in Iraq & Afghanistan. We have high tech weaponry that vaporizes people, but we are "shocked" by the barbarity employed by the guerrillas whom we call terrorists. United States cannot win neocolonial wars because that era has passed. The U.S. will not win these political wars. Political wars end through negotiation.

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1941 01/05/10 - 08:52 am
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Mr Cain, I agree with you

Mr Cain, I agree with you 100#!! No one want's to ask the question, WHY? Why do other countries hate the US so much?Most of us never heard of the middle east, until someone had a brainstorm, that they had something we could take!!! Then all hell broke loose. This will now be , our punishment until the end of time!!!!

seenitB4
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seenitB4 01/05/10 - 08:56 am
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FACTS I vote for us too,,

FACTS I vote for us too,, wish we would put USA back on the top of the list in everything..esp. jobs..

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Grasshopper 01/05/10 - 09:01 am
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain, if

JohnRandolphHardisonCain, if the US does not control the world who will? Since recorded history, man has always dominated over the other. Who would you like to be the dominating power broker of the world?

LaTwon
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LaTwon 01/05/10 - 09:12 am
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LaTwon
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LaTwon 01/05/10 - 09:13 am
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justthefacts
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justthefacts 01/05/10 - 09:15 am
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Grass, are we now? We can't

Grass, are we now? We can't balance our budget, protect our borders, or win any wars. We are getting ready to add Healthcare to the already down the drain money pits of SS and medicare. We are without a doubt, a nation in decline.

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Michael Ryan 01/05/10 - 09:19 am
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Kudos to Jebko for the smart

Kudos to Jebko for the smart reference. Watch yorn!

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 01/05/10 - 09:22 am
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Distributed power, local

Distributed power, local autonomy, Grasshopper. And to correct your assertion "Since recorded history, man has always TRIED to dominate others." Right now China's economy is succeeding and United States is failing. Asian global power is driven by dynamic economic growth, while the US pursues a strategy of military-driven empire building. Military prowess will not carry the day for United States. United States must be innovative and efficient technologically and cooperative in sharing power in a multi-polar world.

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