We can’t help ourselves: Obama admin celebrates intel success a little too much

To the detriment of future operations. Much like our military successes during this administration. Makes you wonder, no, if the boasting has an ulterior motive? Or if the Obama-infatuated media can’t quite grasp that they arent helping their BFF out by printing the info gleaned? What a tangled web. From the UK Guardian, our friends across the pond have had enough:

Detailed leaks of operational information about the foiled underwear bomb plot are causing growing anger in the US intelligence community, with former agents blaming the Obama administration for undermining national security and compromising the British services,MI6andMI5.

The Guardian has learned from Saudi sources that the agent was not a Saudi national as was widely reported, but a Yemeni. He was born inSaudi Arabia, in the port city of Jeddah, and then studied and worked in the UK, where he acquired a British passport.

Mike Scheur, the former head of theCIA‘s Bin Laden unit, said the leaking about the nuts and bolts of British involvement was despicable and would make a repeat of the operation difficult. “MI6 should be as angry as hell. This is something that the prime minister should raise with the president, if he has the balls. This is really tragic,” Scheur said.

He added: “Any information disclosed is too much information. This does seem to be a tawdry political thing.”

He noted that the leak came on the heels of a series of disclosures over the last 10 days, beginning with a report that the CIA wanted to expand its drone attacks inYemen, Barack Obama making a surprise trip to Afghanistan around the time of the Bin Laden anniversary and “then this inexplicable leak”.

Robert Grenier, former head of the CIA counter-terrorism centre, said: “As for British Intelligence, I suppose, but do not know, that they must be very unhappy. They are often exasperated, quite reasonably, with their American friends, who are far more leak-prone than they.

“In their place, I would think two and three times before sharing with the Americans, and then only do it if I had to. The problem with that dynamic is that you don’t know what you don’t know, and what opportunities you might be missing when you decide not to share. The Americans are doing a very good job of undermining trust, and the problem starts at the top.”

So many of our current woes do.

H/t: memorandum


Saying Merry Christmas is worse than fornication…

…or getting drunk or even killing someone…

So says an Islamic scholar.

And…ready for a firestorm…..I agree with him…..

What I mean is…if this man believes that Allah is the true god and there is no other god than Allah….to acknowledge and to encourage and to “bless” if you will a false god IS worse than fornication.  Mortal sin is mortal sin, but as a Catholic parent, the lesser mortal sin (if you will) would be for my son or daughter to engage in premarital sex versus actively worshipping Satan.

Now obviously I believe he is flat wrong in his religious viewpoints, but from what I understood him to say in English (who knows what he’s saying in other parts of the clip) – given his religious beliefs, he is correct – it IS a worse sin to blaspheme regarding “the worst evil” and encourage others to do so as well (for which there can be no forgiveness nor repentance) than to get drunk or even to kill another (a lesser evil as I understand his position).

Too bad that the phrase “Merry Christmas” has become so secularized that we forget that what it is (or should) mean is “Rejoice! Our Savior is born!” – today its just a greeting that doesn’t get much thought behind it – but I think he has it “right” as far as what the phrase should mean and I think that its sad that an angry man who is for all appearances trying his best to stir up hate and division has managed to do a decent job of explaining what it means to wish someone Merry Christmas.

Gulp.  There I did it.  Devil’s advocate in all sense of the word.  Hope the WP comment section is fireproof…..blast away!

Update: I was wracking my brain trying to figure out what had made me react to this video the way I did, rather than to immediately dismiss it because of its inflammatory rhetoric.  My Aha! moment came this morning and I recalled this excellent article in the NCR by Matthew Archbold which addresses the subject from the stand point of the “hollowers” – those who want to remove the sacred from Christmas.  It struck home with me and I think that’s why part of the scholar’s message resonated with me in the way that it did.  Mr. Archbold’s article is here and it is an excellent read.

Oxymoron alert: headline of the day

The NYT can’t help itself:

Moderate Islamist Party Heads Toward Victory in Tunisia

Moderate Islamists, eh? Like the new “moderate shari’a” government in Libya.  

How long till they’re all known as “Conservative Islamists” once the media figures out they’re all bad guys?

High school dropout convicted of working to war against the country

He wanted to wage jihad against American forces in Afghanistan.

Just a hint: he wasn’t Mormon. Or Methodist, for that matter.

Move along, nothing to see here!

UPDATE: linked as a “Featured Blog” at Pundette‘s. Thanks!

That’s not the lesson you should have learned

Noor al-Maliki was a beautiful young American girl, except her parents didn’t want her to be. They wanted her to behave as if the family were still in Iraq, where she wouldn’t have access to jeans or boys.

 So her father killed her. It’s all about honor, you see.

What strikes me most is the attitude among other immigrants:

Asked whether the community has taken away any lessons from Noor’s murder, the owner of an Iraqi grocery store in Peoria nods, explaining, “They don’t want their daughters to become like Noor.”

Saher Alyasry, a mother in her mid-30s praying at al-Rasool mosque, speaks out firmly, in Arabic, while her teenage daughter, rocking a newborn, translates. “I think what he did was right. It’s his daughter, and our religion doesn’t allow us to do what she did,” she says. “A guy who cares about his reputation, he should do that because people will start talking about him if he doesn’t.” When asked if honor is more important than love, she responds, “Yes. What’s the point of loving her if she’s bad?”

And liberals scoff at those who worry Sharia law will become more commonplace in heavily immigrant communities on American soil.


Hell in a handbasket

How else can you describe recipients of federal funding coaching pimps who push underage girls into abortion clinics? Or the New York Times nodding approvingly of a book with graphic depictions of bestiality?

Hell, who knew the Department of Education has deemed Arabic the “language of the future” and has schools competing for federal grants to push Arabic exclusively.  Mandatory Arabic.  The school district should include this dude in the curriculum and file it under “culture” before it institutes a sharia student council.  Hey, everyone, hurry: a stoning in the cafeteria for a dress code violation!

Why can’t we learn from our friends across the pond who have figured out that the multi-kulti pc garbage leads only to destruction from within? Oh, forgot. We’re not friends.

I’m a little disgusted.

Going to listen to Rush and fold laundry to regain some semblance of sanity.

Who knew, eh? UPDATED.

Who knew the border fence–the one just cancelled by the Obami–actually worked? Mickey Kaus via Instapundit:

Here’s news, if you define “news” as something unexpected: You know that expensive “virtual” border fence the Obama administration recently cancelled? It actually worked, acording to Janice Kephart of the Center for Immigration Studies. There were big problems with the prototype, but they fixed them. No wonder it got cancelled! … I had always assumed the “virtual fence” was a fancy-sounding Bush administration scam to let the government weasel out of building a real, nonvirtual fence (of the sort that works well enough in California, which is why illegal immigrants and smugglers now cross in Arizona). But maybe both sorts of fences can work…

Who knew radical Islamists would try to slip across the Mexican border?  So much for xenophobia.  Or security.  Hot Air:

U.S. border authorities have arrested a controversial Muslim cleric who was deported from Canada to Tunisia three years ago and was caught earlier this month trying to sneak into California inside the trunk of a BMW, according to court documents.

Said Jaziri, the former Imam of a Muslim congregation in Montreal, was hidden inside a car driven by a San Diego-area man who was pulled over by U.S. Border Patrol agents near an Indian casino east of San Diego. Jaziri allegedly paid a Tijuana-based smuggling group $5,000 to get him across the border near Tecate, saying he wanted to be taken to a “safe place anywhere in the U.S.”

Who knew Mexican border jumpers had such taste in Iranian jihadi literature?

A book celebrating suicide bombers has been found in the Arizona desert just north of the U.S.- Mexican border, authorities tell Fox News.

The book, “In Memory of Our Martyrs,” was spotted Tuesday by a U.S. Border Patrol agent out of the Casa Grande substation who was patrolling a route known for smuggling illegal immigrants and drugs.

 Makes you feel safer at night, doesn’t it?

UPDATE: Why it matters via The Other McCain.

Offend Muslims? No way! But blaspheme Catholics and Christians? Of course, the stuff of a great commercial!

If this ad mocked Islam, it wouldn’t have won a contest, but I’m sure an enterprising young Imam with Jihad in his heart would have found out and threatened to bomb PepsiCo and Frito-Lay.  Me, I’ll settle for boycotting their products.

Via Restore DC Catholicism, an ad set to air during the Superbowl:

Let Pepsi and Doritos know you don’t find this humorous let alone acceptable.  If this ad airs, pjHusband will be greatly distressed for there shalt not be a single Spicy Nacho Dorito in this house.  Evah.

H/T: Pundette‘s Recommended Reads.

Nanny Michelle thwarted by terrorists

“We can’t just leave it up to parents,” she said, ignorant of her statist slip showing, on her mission to force salad bars into every school and veggies into every gullet.

I wonder if Nanny Michelle knows that a dirty sneeze guard on the salad bar isn’t the only lurking threat? Via CBS News:

In this exclusive story, CBS News chief investigative correspondent Armen Keteyian reports the latest terror attack to America involves the possible use of poisons – simultaneous attacks targeting hotels and restaurants at many locations over a single weekend.

A key Intelligence source has confirmed the threat as “credible.” Department of Homeland Security officials, along with members of the Department of Agriculture and the FDA, have briefed a small group of corporate security officers from the hotel and restaurant industries about it.

“We operate under the premise that individuals prepared to carry out terrorist acts are in this country,” said Dec. of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano on Dec. 6, 2010.

The plot uncovered earlier this year is said to involve the use of two poisons – ricin and cyanide – slipped into salad bars and buffets.

Regarding the salad bars, maybe our esteemed First Lady can persuade those evil-doers to only poison the fatty items on the hot food buffet thus sparing the vegetables? And what way to strike at Americans than harm the kiddies?  Terrorists reminded the Russians of that a few years ago.  Salad bars, here we come!

This just in: the terror plotters in question aren’t those evil blonde Lutherans, either.

“We remember.”

Do you?

H/T: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/244113/we-remember-robert-costa