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Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
Worse, in President George W. Bush's second term, an assertive group of deniers in the State Department and the intelligence community claimed or implied that North Korea did not have a substantial or ongoing uranium-enrichment program. They denied that the North Koreans had conceded as much in 2002 and that there was sufficient evidence of a continuing program. The intelligence community downgraded its confidence level in its earlier conclusion, not because of contradictory information but because it had not subsequently acquired significant new data. State Department negotiators scorned the idea that the North had a serious enrichment capability.
All of this was done to support a passion for negotiation, hoping Pyongyang would yet again pledge to denuclearize. But denying and minimizing the threat of enrichment for most of the last decade was well wide of reality. When the North announced after its second nuclear detonation in May 2009 that it was "beginning" an enrichment program, Pyongyang was simply bringing into the open activity almost certainly begun 15 years before. The North had once again successfully played Washington for a fool.
We must avoid these grievous errors going forward, not only regarding North Korea but also Iran, whose involvement with Pyongang on ballistic missiles and probably nuclear weapons is long-standing. There is substantial reason for concern that Tehran's capabilities and its penchant for cooperating with the North exceed U.S. intelligence estimates. Moreover, the spinning of North Korea-related intelligence in recent years bears an uneasy similarity to the famously distorted 2007 National Intelligence Estimate on Iran's nuclear weapons program. Such politicization of intelligence provides a clear basis for high-priority investigations by the incoming Congress..."
Sunday, November 28, 2010
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Thursday, November 25, 2010
Ground Zero mosque developer Sharif el-Gamal on NBC "People of the Year" Thanksgiving special (Video preview)
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
- B of A, Wells Fargo and JP Morgan each have more than $20 billion of single-family loans in foreclosure or in the process of foreclosure.
- In the pipeline of mortgages that are more than 30 days past due and therefore in danger of moving into the in-process of foreclosure column, each bank has over $50 billion in exposure (although all past due loans will not go into foreclosure).
- If the total of current foreclosures plus potential foreclosures of past due loans are combined, the numbers are staggering:
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
North Korea attack, Iranian nukes, TSA pat downs, Fed report of economic slowdown? Nah, Obama stops at the Gingerbread House Bakery to feed the kids
World crises abound but Obama and Biden are tied up elsewhere playing politics
This from the White House press pool. Obama and Biden visit the Gingerbread House Bakery in Indiana to spread Thanksgiving cheer in a bid to spur economic growth by buying danish. The rest of the worlds problems are not as pressing as playing politics with photo ops in Indiana.
White House Pool Report
Potus and Vpotus left the Chrysler plant at 2:38 pm.
Next unannounced stop: the Gingerbread House Bakery.
"How long you guys had this spot?" Potus asked. Pool couldn't hear the answer.
The cafe is tiny. Potus and Vpotus perused the offerings of pumpkin rolls, cream rolls, apple fritters and other sweet stuff.
Potus: "I understand you guys gor some help from the SBA?" The owners said yes, and Vpotus asked "Could you have gotten along without it?"
Reply was no.
Potus: "The girls arent supposed to have dessert on weekdays but its thanksgiving week." He asked for a variety of "product."
Biden: "I want to take two of those cream rolls home."
Potus: "And for the pool what do you guys want?"
Bashful pool wouldn't say.
Potus: "You guys just want some donuts?"
"I'm gonna need some apple fritters, pecan rolls," for the pool.
Biden: "If we give them the whole roll they might not follow us as fast."
Potus: "I'm buying for the pool.
Man those look good."
Potus: "The only thing I feel bad about is who ever comes after this won't have much left."
After the bakery the two men worked a rope line outside the car wash across the street.
North Korea attacks South Korean Yeonpyeong Island drawing "sharp" rhetoric from Obama spokesmen (Video)
Monday, November 22, 2010
TSA body scan to be protested by some in the flying public, but do they understand the issues?
The critical summary is this: understand what we face as a society, and then question just how effectively we are addressing actual solutions to those problems.
There needs to exist more of an understanding by the citizenry of the nature of our enemy, less concern with intrusions on our physical privacy (if the intrusion is ACTUALLY effective in stopping the attempts of the enemy), less concern over whether it is okay to profile those who want to commit the acts and much more concern over the inability of, or lack of desire of those in Washington to direct resources at staying one or two steps ahead of the enemy as opposed to placing band-aids on threats from one or two steps behind!
The enemy has but one goal that is the destruction of the West. More than that, it includes the death of anybody and any society, including other Muslims, whose thoughts, ideas and way of life differs in any way from the radical Islamic ideology!
Sunday, November 21, 2010
“The revelation of this highly advanced uranium enrichment plant is very disturbing. It confirms once again the true intentions of the North Korean regime, namely to lull the U.S. and the world to sleep to give it time to advance its clandestine nuclear weapons program.
“The administration’s policy of outreach to the North Korean regime has clearly failed. It is time to get tough if North Korea is to be prevented from continuing to expand its nuclear weapons capability.
"As a first step, I have urged Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Ellen Tauscher to re-list North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism. Pyongyang's removal from the list two years ago as a reward for cosmetic actions on one component of its nuclear activities was a grave error. It is time to correct this mistake.
“This month’s UN report stating that North Korea is supplying Iran, Syria, and Burma with nuclear and ballistic missile-related equipment, know-how, and technology demonstrates that the regime is determined to expand its nuclear and missile threat to the maximum extent possible. This latest discovery underscores the need to move swiftly and forcefully to prevent our national security and that of the world as a whole from being further undermined.
“Given the North Korean regime’s dependence on China to remain in power and continue its aggressive policies, the U.S. must insist that Beijing take immediate steps to pressure Pyongyang to halt and dismantle its uranium enrichment program.
“We must remember that in addition to the North Korean regime, we face growing national security threats from Iran and Syria as well. By refusing to vigorously enforce sanctions and apply overwhelming pressure on these regimes to compel them to halt their clandestine nuclear programs, we have allowed the threats they pose to us and the world to continue to grow.”