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1) Obama and Hugo Chavez Make Fast Friends
2) The Word Terrorism Is To Inflammatory For The Obama Administration - Let's Use Man Made Disaster
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1) Not A Bow, But Are They Best Friends?
Maybe not: Sat Jan 17, 2009 4:44pm EST Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on Saturday Barack Obama had the "stench" of his predecessor as U.S. president and was at risk of being killed if he tries to change the American "empire." (Reuters)
This picture was taken on April 18th, 2009. I guess it doesn't matter what leaders say or think. The new world role of the United States is apparently to be friends with everyone and anyone, making sure not to make any false moves that might make someone mad at us. After we negotiate with Iran and North Korea and get "ironclad" promises from them, let's get Chavez to the table next. Sounds like sound foreign policy to me.
2) The Word Terrorism Is To Inflammatory For The Obama Administration - Let's Use Man Made Disaster
I will get to it in a second, but let's take a look at the World Trade Center bombing on 9/11/2001. According to the Obama administrations Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, using the word terrorism to describe that event is to inflammatory and a reversion to what they would call the politics of fear of the last 8 years. I think that I would have to once again respectfully disagree with the Obama administration.
My question I suppose would be that the word terrorism is too inflammatory to whom? To the families of the people who died, to the world that is now facing a threat every day? In the new world order of the Obama administration, in which we are to only be viewed around the world as good guys, agreeable guys, passive guys, non-confrontational guys I suppose that it is. To the rest of the rational world, it is not!
So let's review, the person in charge of the Department that is charged with keeping the United States and it's citizens safe, is concerned with the use of the word that is the reality of the world that we live in. All in an effort not to offend anyone.
If Iran has and/or used a nuclear device, would that be a man made event or terrorism? North Korea, same question?
Now if Israel went in and took out Iran's capability to develop and use a nuclear device in a proactive attempt to avert such a disaster, how would the Obama administration term that? I have a funny and sad feeling that in that situation they would feel comfortable using the term terrorism, more comfortable than when Iraqi suicide bombers kill our soldiers.
Funny how that would potentially work. Now let's take a look back at some of these so-called man made disasters over the past 16 years. I could be crazy, but a rose by any other name..., you know the drill. Why does the Obama administration continue to feel the need to sugar coat the term terrorism in yet another attempt to avoid offending anyone. Except maybe me.
- 1993 (Feb.): Bombing of World Trade Center (WTC); 6 killed.
- 1993 (Oct.): Killing of U.S. soldiers in Somalia.
- 1996 (June): Truck bombing at Khobar Towers barracks in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, killed 19 Americans.
- 1998 (Aug.): Bombing of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania; 224 killed, including 12 Americans.
- 1999 (Dec.): Plot to bomb millennium celebrations in Seattle foiled when customs agents arrest an Algerian smuggling explosives into the U.S.
- 2000 (Oct.): Bombing of the USS Cole in port in Yemen; 17 U.S. sailors killed.
- 2001 (Sept.): Destruction of WTC; attack on Pentagon. Total dead 2,992.
- 2001 (Dec.): Man tried to denote shoe bomb on flight from Paris to Miami.
- 2002 (April): Explosion at historic synagogue in Tunisia left 21 dead, including 11 German tourists.
- 2002 (May): Car exploded outside hotel in Karachi, Pakistan, killing 14, including 11 French citizens.
- 2002 (June): Bomb exploded outside American consulate in Karachi, Pakistan, killing 12.
- 2002 (Oct.): Boat crashed into oil tanker off Yemen coast, killing 1.
- 2002 (Oct.): Nightclub bombings in Bali, Indonesia, killed 202, mostly Australian citizens.
- 2002 (Nov.): Suicide attack on a hotel in Mombasa, Kenya, killed 16.
- 2003 (May): Suicide bombers killed 34, including 8 Americans, at housing compounds for Westerners in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
2003 (May): 4 bombs killed 33 people targeting Jewish, Spanish, and Belgian sites in Casablanca, Morocco.
- 2003 (Aug.): Suicide car-bomb killed 12, injured 150 at Marriott Hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia.
- 2003 (Nov.): Explosions rocked a Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, housing compound, killing 17.
- 2003 (Nov.): Suicide car-bombers simultaneously attacked 2 synagogues in Istanbul, Turkey, killing 25 and injuring hundreds.
- 2003 (Nov.): Truck bombs detonated at London bank and British consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, killing 26.
- 2004 (March): 10 bombs on 4 trains exploded almost simultaneously during the morning rush hour in Madrid, Spain, killing 191 and injuring more than 1,500.
- 2004 (May): Terrorists attacked Saudi oil company offices in Khobar, Saudi Arabia, killing 22.
- 2004 (June): Terrorists kidnapped and executed American Paul Johnson, Jr., in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
- 2004 (Sept.): Car bomb outside the Australian embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, killed 9.
- 2004 (Dec.): Terrorists entered the U.S. Consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, killing 9 (including 4 attackers).
- 2005 (July): Bombs exploded on 3 trains and a bus in London, England, killing 52.
- 2005 (Oct.): 22 killed by 3 suicide bombs in Bali, Indonesia.
- 2005 (Nov.): 57 killed at 3 American hotels in Amman, Jordan.
- 2006 (Jan.): Two suicide bombers carrying police badges blow themselves up near a celebration at the Police Academy in Baghdad, killing nearly 20 police officers. Al-Qaeda in Iraq takes responsibility.
- 2006 (Aug.): Police arrest 24 British-born Muslims, most of whom have ties to Pakistan, who had allegedly plotted to blow up as many as 10 planes using liquid explosives. Officials say details of the plan were similar to other schemes devised by al-Qaeda.
- 2007 (April): Suicide bombers attack a government building in Algeria's capital, Algiers, killing 35 and wounding hundreds more. Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb claims responsibility.
- 2007 (April): Eight people, including two Iraqi legislators, die when a suicide bomber strikes inside the Parliament building in Baghdad. An organization that includes al-Qaeda in Mesopotamia claims responsibility. In another attack, the Sarafiya Bridge that spans the Tigris River is destroyed.
- 2007 (June): British police find car bombs in two vehicles in London. The attackers reportedly tried to detonate the bombs using cell phones but failed. Government officials say al-Qaeda is linked to the attempted attack. The following day, an SUV carrying bombs bursts into flames after it slams into an entrance to Glasgow Airport. Officials say the attacks are connected.
- 2007 (December): As many as 60 people are killed in two suicide attacks near United Nations offices and government buildings in Algiers, Algeria. The bombings occur within minutes of each other. Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, formerly called the Salafist Group for Preaching, claims responsibility. It's the worst attack in the Algeria in more than 10 years.
- 2008 (January): In the worst attack in Iraq in months, a suicide bomber kills 30 people at a home where mourners were paying their respects to the family of a man killed in a car bomb. The Iraqi military blames the attack on al-Qaeda in Iraq.
- 2008 (February): Nearly 100 people die when two women suicide bombers, who are believed to be mentally impaired, attack crowded pet markets in eastern Baghdad. The U.S. military says al-Qaeda in Iraq has been recruiting female patients at psychiatric hospitals to become suicide bombers.
- 2008 (April): A suicide bomber attacks the funeral for two nephews of a prominent Sunni tribal leader, Sheik Kareem Kamil al-Azawi, killing 30 people in Iraq's Diyala Province.
- 2008 (April): A suicide car bomber kills 40 people in Baquba, the capital of Diyala Province in Iraq.
- 2008 (April): Thirty-five people die and 62 are injured when a woman detonates explosives that she was carrying under her dress in a busy shopping district in Iraq’s Diyala Province.
- 2008 (May): At least 12 worshipers are killed and 44 more injured when a bomb explodes in the Bin Salman mosque near Sana, Yemen.
- 2008 (May): An al-Qaeda suicide bomber detonates explosives in Hit, a city in the Anbar Province of Iraq, killing six policemen and four civilians, and injuring 12 other people.
- 2008 (June): A female suicide bomber kills 15 and wounds 40 others, including seven Iraqi policemen, near a courthouse in Baquba, Iraq.
- 2008 (June): A suicide bomber kills at least 20 people at a meeting between sheiks and Americans in Karmah, a town west of Baghdad.
- 2008 (August): About two dozens worshippers are killed in three separate attacks as they make their way toward Karbala to celebrate the birthday of 9th-century imam Muhammad al-Mahdi. Iraqi officials blame al-Qaeda in Iraq for the attacks.
- 2008 (August): A bomb left on the street explodes and tears through a bus carrying Lebanese troops, killing 15 people, nine of them soldiers. No one claims responsibility for the attack, but in 2007, the army fought an al-Qaeda linked Islamist group in Tripoli.
- 2008 (August): At least 43 people are killed when a suicide bomber drives an explosives-laden car into a police academy in Issers, a town in northern Algeria.
- 2008 (August): Two car bombs explode at a military command and a hotel in Bouira, killing a dozen people. No group takes responsibility for either attack, Algerian officials said they suspect al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb is behind the bombings.
- 2008 (September): In its first acknowledged ground attack inside Pakistan, U.S. commandos raid a village that is home to al-Qaeda militants in the tribal region near the border with Afghanistan. The number of casualties is unclear.
- 2008 (September): A car bomb and a rocket strike the U.S. embassy in Yemen as staff arrived to work, killing 16 people, including 4 civilians. At least 25 suspected al-Qaeda militants are arrested for the attack.
- 2008 (November): at least 28 people die and over 60 more are injured when three bombs explode minutes apart in Baghdad, Iraq. Officials suspect the explosions are linked to al-Qaeda.
Those are a lot of man made disasters wouldn't you say Secretary Napolitano? I hope in addition to working on your Washington speak skills, you are also working on protecting the American people against the prospect of a disaster, whatever word you want to use for it!
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