GENERAL NEWS COMMENTS OF INTEREST ....
----- Original Message ----- From: Bernard Lehrer - Ventura -
Subject: Israel Connection:
The U.S. relationship with Israel, in view of the professed motivation of the terrorists, has already come under scrutiny. We must realize and reiterate that america has always, and is committed to, support true democracies all over the world. It is not, as some critics will say, because of the presumed political clout of jewish electorate in this county. Israel is the only true democracy in that region of the world and has been a steadfast ally of the United States.
Clinton Just Can't Pass Up Photo-Up
"In a craven attempt to upstage his successor George Bush, ex-president Bill Clinton rushed to the site of the World Trade Center disaster Thursday where he attempted to reprise his role as 'Comforter in Chief.' Earlier in the day Bush told New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Governor George Pataki that he would travel to Manhattan Friday to survey the wreckage and send the city a message of support. But just hours after Bush announced his New York trip, Clinton materialized at the scene of the collapsed Twin Towers, coaxing several women who were distraught over missing Relatives into awkward hugs."
- NewsMax.com, 9/13/01
"We're not interested in reading them their Miranda rights. We want to take them out lock, stock and barrel, root and limb."
- Rep. Bob Barr (R-GA), Washington Times, 9/14/01 (Co=Sponsor of HRJ-62)
The vote was 420-1 on House Joint Resolution 64 "to authorize the use of United States Armed Forces against those responsible for the recent attacks launched against the United States." The lone vote against the resolution was cast by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.):
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Spying Is Dirty, But Necessary Business
"Former President George H.W. Bush said Thursday that U.S. intelligence agencies need fewer restrictions in the wake of the terrorist attacks that leveled the World Trade Center in New York and heavily damaged the Pentagon. . . . 'Human intelligence is kind of a dirty business and in it you have to deal with a lot of unsavory people,' Bush said. He went on to say: 'If you are going to infiltrate some cell somewhere or a terrorist cell, you have to deal with people who are willing to betray their country, people who are willing to betray their friends, people who want money or other things. And it's not pleasant.'
"The intelligence community, he said, must be freed up from some of its restraints to provide the president with the best information possible. He said lawmakers will have to 'take a hard look' at whether the United States has gone too far in denying the people who run the intelligence community access to informants. . . . Bush also urged Americans not to unjustly blame
Arab Americans and Muslims living in the United States for the attacks. 'We must guard against painting with such a broad brush that we cause innocent Arab-Americans or Islamic believers anywhere to come under unfair attack," he said in a statement."
- UPI, 9/13/01
"Two prominent (Massachusetts) Democrats questioned President Bush's leadership style yesterday, cracking the veneer of bipartisan unity Congress has shown in the wake of the twin terrorist attacks. 'It's not a question of what he's saying,' said U.S. Rep. Richard Neal (D-Springfield). 'The content is fine. But the blandness with which it is delivered has caused considerable reaction.' U.S. Rep. Martin T. Meehan (D-Lowell) scoffed at reports Air Force One was targeted by terrorists - the reason Bush aides have put forth to explain why the president delayed his return to Washington after Tuesday's attack on the Pentagon. 'I don't buy the notion Air Force One was a target,' said Meehan. 'That's just PR. That's just spin.'"'
- Boston Herald, 9/14/01
This morning Peter Jennings questioned whether our President was even legally elected and whether he had the powers to send anybody into war.
We are tired of it.
Please show your support of America in this time that Americans should be pulling together to support our basic freedoms and rights. This is not a time of peace - nor should it be until our basic freedoms are secure. Jennings, a Canadian High school dropout - should NOT be commentating, or editorializing HIS DISBELIEF in OUR fight for American Freedoms. This is not a time for partisanship, it is a time for ALL AMERICANS to pull together.
Show your support of America by : 1) logging on to: ABC NEWS
and tell ABC that Peter Jennings comments are TOTALLY inappropriate.
Reporters should report - Not editorialize. Ask them to replace him with an appropriate anchor. (I guess the days of Walter Cronkite are gone) Watch FOX NEWS for unbiased reporting.
Latest "Get Rich Quick" Scheme
"Purchase large quantities of life insurance for Osama Bin Laden and make yourself the beneficiary."
J.M. Daniels of Bali, Indonesia
"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things; the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight; nothing he cares about more than his own personal safety; is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself."
- Words on a plaque reader Don Langston acquired while flying F-100's in Vietnam in 1971
Celebrating the Slaughter
"Iraqi state television hailed the attacks as the 'operation of the century, ' declaring, 'The American cowboy is reaping the fruits of his crimes against humanity,' Reuters reports."
- Best of the Web, 9/12/01
Egyptians Whoop It Up
"Egyptian students, taxi drivers and shopkeepers crowded round television sets stacked up in electrical store windows in downtown Cairo Tuesday evening, celebrating a string of elaborate attacks on New York and Washington. 'Bullseye,' commented two taxi drivers as they watched footage of the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York shrouded in plumes of smoke after two presumably hijacked planes slammed into them earlier in the day. Another Egyptian man, Gawish Abdel Karim, told AFP he was pleased with the wave of violence in which another plane crashed into the Pentagon in Washington, the heart of the US defence establishment. 'Nice work,' said Abdel Karim, who drives a car for an Asian embassy."
- French press agency AFP, "Best of the Web," 9/12/01
"I don't see why it is moral and acceptable policy to starve millions of Iraqi citizens through sanctions and kill Iraqi soldiers in bombing, but we can't assassinate Saddam Hussein. It makes no sense."
- Columnist Chris Bernard
"To those who oppose war, I ask: If not now, when? How many more corpses are necessary before this country should take action? The choice today is mass death in the United States or mass death in the terrorist nations. President Bush must decide whether it is his duty to save Americans or the governments who seek to kill them."
- Leonard Peikoff, founder of the Ayn Rand Institute, 9/12/01
"(Tuesday) evening, CNN reported that bombs were dropping in Afghanistan -- and then updated the report to say they weren't our bombs. They should have been ours. I want them to be ours. This is no time to be precious about locating the exact individuals directly involved in this particular terrorist attack. Those responsible include anyone anywhere in the world who smiled in response to the annihilation of patriots like (Pentagon hijacking victim) Barbara Olson.
"We don't need long investigations of the forensic evidence to determine with scientific accuracy the person or persons who ordered this specific attack. We don't need an 'international coalition.' We don't need a study on 'terrorism.' We certainly didn't need a congressional resolution condemning the attack this week.
". . . The airport kabuki theater of magnetometers, asinine questions about whether passengers 'packed their own bags,' and the hostile, lumpen mesomorphs ripping open our luggage somehow allowed over a dozen armed hijackers to board four American planes almost simultaneously on Bloody Tuesday. (Did those fabulous security procedures stop a single hijacker anyplace in America that day?)
"Airports scrupulously apply the same laughably ineffective airport harassment to Suzy Chapstick as to Muslim hijackers. It is preposterous to assume every passenger is a potential crazed homicidal maniac. We know who the homicidal maniacs are. They are the ones cheering and dancing right now.
We should invade their countries (and) kill their leaders. . . We weren't punctilious about locating and punishing only Hitler and his top officers. We carpet-bombed German cities; we killed civilians. That's war. And this is war."
- Columnist Ann Coulter
Now It's Personal
"Now that it has happened to us, the White House is not calling for 'restraint.' The State Department is not concerned about 'escalating the cycle of violence.' There are no editorials imploring the parties to conduct a 'peace process' and 'sit down at the negotiating table.' Now that it has happened to us, the TV anchors are calling them terrorists, not 'militants' or 'activists.' Washington is not being warned to avoid a 'provocative' response, or cautioned against retaliation that is 'excessive and disproportionate.'
"Now that it has happened to us, our eyes have finally opened. Now at last we understand that there is a war underway -- and we are in it. For years we have acted as if the front line were elsewhere, and as if our job was to watch from the sidelines and make sure our friends didn't defend themselves too aggressively. Now, after the worst massacre in US history, only the willfully blind can fail to see that the front line is here. The war between freedom and slavery, between hope and hopelessness, between the decent and the indecent, will be won or lost in America. For it is America that stands for everything our enemies hate.
". . . In some ways, the worst thing about this week's slaughter is not that it occurred, not even that such obvious terrorist targets as the World Trade Center and the Pentagon -- the Pentagon! -- could be so easily attacked from the air. The worst thing is that we were so unprepared for it even AFTER the attack on USS Cole last fall (17 murdered). Even AFTER the bombing of the embassies in Kenya and Tanzania (224 murdered). Even AFTER the blowing up of the Khobar Towers barracks in 1996 (19 murdered). Even AFTER the car bomb at the US military center in Riyadh (5 murdered). Even AFTER the first World Trade Center bombing (6 murdered)."
- Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby, 9/13/01
Good Morning, This Is Your Wake-up Call
"How could obvious targets like the Pentagon and the World Trade Center Towers be so undefended? We know the answer. America is soft. America is in denial. America is embarrassed at the idea that it has enemies and must protect itself. America has been so eager to cash in on 'peace dividends' that it has stripped itself of even prudent defenses. America is in denial that much of the world hates us, and will continue to hate us. Because we are prosperous, and democratic and free. Today's tragedies must be a wake up call. It's time to remember that the first duty of government is to provide for the common defense. That means it's time to spend the surplus on national security now."
- Author and columnist David Horowitz, "The War Room," 9/11/01
Some Heads Must Roll
"W. must hold his people accountable for this massive intelligence and security debacle. (CIA director George) Tenet and the head of the counterterrorism unit must go. The head of FAA security must go. It's silly their counterterrorism unit must go. In truth, they should not wait for the axe, they should resign at once, out of the utter shame of this humiliating catastrophe. But nobody does that any more, so the president must act."
- Michael Ledeen, National Review Online
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