Saturday, September 19, 2009

Quote of the Week (Honorable Mention)

"Yes, it was fun this week to watch the teabaggers complain how the media underestimated the size of their march, "How can you say there were only 60,000 of us? We filled the entire mall!" Yes, because you're fat. One whale fills the tank at Sea World, that doesn't make it a crowd."

-- Bill Maher


Anonymous said...

Too bad you didn't have anything pertinent to say!

Anonymous said...

A reportedly al Queada trained Colorado man, who was arrested in a comnspiracy to commit an terror attack on a major NYC transportaion hub, "declines to attend his 4th day of 8-hour interrogation" questioning.

Are You Shitting Me? Seriously.

This is what we are left with? This is your policy? You forget how many time US soil or interests were hit under the exact same (law enforcement lead) policy in the Clinton admistration?

Didn't you learn anything?

babita781 said...

I think Bill's kind of a dick. He never married so he can date legions of young women. But he says women over 50 (younger than he is) shouldn't have sex because menopause means "men on pause". I'm not pausing until I'm dead, Bill!

Anonymous said...

Too bad the 1st comment didn't have anything pertinent to say.

Al said...

You forget how many time US soil or interests were hit under the exact same (law enforcement lead) policy in the Clinton admistration?

Didn't you learn anything?

No, I still remember that the worst terror attack in history was under Bush. Thanks for the reminder.

Anonymous said...

So much gas. So little fresh air.

Anonymous said...

I wasn’t describing politics, I was talking about policy.

In 1998, Al Qaeda declared war on us and were actively and openly training and planning in Afghanistan. However, the Clinton administration felt that taking military measures against them would incite them, even after the USS Cole and multiple embassy bombings (which are considered US soil). That turns out to have been a serious miscalculation. I don’t believe that he made that decision for any reason other than doing what he thought was best.

Al Qaeda was a loose network of radicals who band together in 1988. They really came into focus for the United States for activities related to undermining American operations on Saudi soil after the First Gulf War. We were well aware of them when they were in Sudan, leading up to the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing.

In fact, you could argue that the 1st WTC bombing was textbook success for executing a counter terrorism operation with law enforcement. Very successful, however it was also very ineffective at stopping the problem. Law enforcement is reactionary by its nature.

I think Iraq was a major miscalculation if you look at our efforts against terrorism strategically. I also believe that we are far from finished in Afghanistan. However, our military efforts against AQ and its supporters have proven to be very effective, much more so than any law enforcement operation.

We have adjudicated our efforts against terrorism with reactive law enforcement and as a military threat. The results are now fact. Even if you choose to view things through a myopic political lens you cannot argue that law enforcement is more effective.

Anonymous said...

The biggest tool on the planet ladies and gentlemen, Bill Maher