Come on, Mr. President, Just Between You and Me, We Really Have No Idea What We’re Doing in Libya, Do We?-by Michael A. Minton

April 2, 2011 (Benghazi, Libya) I just cannot believe the ineptness of this administration. Fighting between Qaddafi and rebel forces broke out in mid-February, and we’re just now starting to ponder who the rebels are and whether we should arm them? What a joke.

Our president really needs to send in the CIA to see who the opposition fighters are? All you really have to do is read a newspaper. In a former article I wrote, “With Libya, be Careful What You Ask for…You Just Might Get it,” I quoted an article from the U.K.’s The Telegraph which quoted Libyan opposition leader Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi, who said that fighters who are now fighting on the front lines against Muammar al Qaddafi are veteran jihadists who fought against allied forces in Iraq.

Even more frightening still was the quote that, “Mr al-Hasidi insisted his fighters ‘are patriots and good Muslims, not terrorists,’ but added that the ‘members of al-Qaeda are also good Muslims and are fighting against the invader.’” So, obviously, without sending in CIA teams, we already know that the opposition’s leader feels that terrorists are “good Muslims.”

Later in the interview, al Hasidi revealed that he himself “fought against ‘the foreign invasion’ in Afghanistan before being captured in 2002 in Pakistan.” He was later released by the U.S. in Libya in 2008.

According to The Wall Street Journal online: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704629104576190720901643258.html, “In the east Libyan city of Darna…the man charged with heading the city’s defenses is a former Islamist militant who fought in Afghanistan before being jailed by Col. Gadhafi.” So basically, another terrorist, although the article does not give his name. 

The WSJ online article goes on to say, “’They appear to be bringing in the Islamic opposition but in a more covert way, so they don’t alarm the U.S.,’ said a Libyan-American businessman in Benghazi.” 

There is another troubling paragraph in an article on CBS.com which is as follows: “For al Qaeda, Libya may represent a rare opportunity and a blank slate, as uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia seem almost certain to result in democratic governments. An Afghan Taliban operative told The Daily Beast earlier this month that, for al Qaeda, the Libya rebellion ‘is the fresh breeze they’ve been waiting years for. They realize that if they don’t use this opportunity, it could be the end of their chances to turn Libya toward a real Islamic state, as Afghanistan once was.’” 

Of course, I don’t quite understand what he means by “a real Islamic state.” For those who don’t know, according to middleeast.about.com, Libya is 97 percent Sunni Muslim. The article says that Qaddafi keeps close control over the mosques and other Islamic institutions. It says that, “He promotes a conservative form of Islam based on his belief that modern believers have strayed from Islam’s original tenets. But he opposes extremist or fundamentalist Islam, considering it a threat to his power.” 

Possibly that is what the Afghan Taliban operative meant by “a real Islamic state.” Possibly he feels that the form of Islam practiced in Libya is not extreme enough for their taste. 

According to marketoracle.co.uk, there are over 30 delegates that make up the rebel council. Nonetheless, more than a dozen of these delegates are being kept anonymous—supposedly for security reasons. However, western allies like NATO, and particularly the United States, have a right to know who this council is made of before we risk lives and spend billions of dollars to help them get control of the country. 

We honestly need to know by whom this country will be run. According to the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, which I mentioned earlier, is based in Libya (obviously) and is affiliated with al-Qaeda, as well as terrorist groups in Algeria and Egypt. 

These are some of the groups that we are aiding, and even considering arming. And you can believe that with such hatred for Qaddafi in Libya, and with such desire to drive him from power, groups like the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group will have a seat at the table when it comes time to plan the future of that country. As Secretary of State Clinton said, “we do not have any specific information about specific individuals from any organization who are part of this.” 

Obama administration officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Wednesday that, while the administration has pledged there will be “no boots on the ground” in Libya, the president has issued a secret finding authorizing the CIA to carry out covert actions to provide weaponry and other support to opposition groups in Libya. But according to the same officials, no decision has been made. 

Based on the marketoracle.co.uk article, According to West Point authors Joseph Felter and Brian Fishman, Saudi Arabia took first place as regards absolute numbers of jihadis sent to combat the United States and other coalition members in Iraq during the time frame in question. Libya, a country less than one fourth as populous, took second place. Saudi Arabia sent 41% of the fighters. According to Felter and Fishman, “Libya was the next most common country of origin, with 18.8% (112) of the fighters listing their nationality stating they hailed from Libya.” Other much larger countries were far behind: “Syria, Yemen, and Algeria were the next most common origin countries with 8.2% (49), 8.1% (48), and 7.2% (43), respectively. Moroccans accounted for 6.1% (36) of the records and Jordanians 1.9% (11).” 

These are important numbers, my fellow Americans. Are you listening, Mr. President? One-fifth of foreign fighters coming into Iraq through Syria came FROM LIBYA!

As authors Felter and Fishman point out, a high concentration of the “mujahadeen” who came into Iraq to fight American and coalition troops came from “those areas around Benghazi which are today the epicenters of the revolt against Colonel Gaddafi which the US, Britain, France, and others are so eagerly supporting.”

We really need to look at who we’re helping here. I don’t, by any means, agree with the tactics Qaddafi has used as the dictator of Libya, but I certainly don’t want to facilitate another Afghanistan in North Africa, either.

 With all the intelligence already known about the jihadis around Benghazi, the CIA must be there to look at arming these guys so they can defeat Qaddafi.

 It seems to me that there is already enough known about the rebels to know that we certainly don’t need to arm these guys. Heck, we might even be better off letting Qaddafi kill the terrorists for us.

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‘Holy Crap’ Award Winner for Week Ending April 1, 2011-by Mike Minton

(Note: I would like to apologize for the gap between postings. Being a single dad, sometimes it’s hard to find the time.) 

On Monday, March 28, I announced a new contest called “The Frank Barone ‘Holy Crap’ Awards.” Please look to the March 28 post if you missed the basics. While I didn’t get any suggestions from readers, I was able to turn up a few gaffes and idiotic left-wing statements on my own (I know, hard to believe, right?).

 I narrowed it down to a few, and finally picked a winner. Here is the list, in order:

 Number three was Sen. Chuck Schumer on his conference call, not knowing that reporters were included on the call, and disclosing all the talking points the Democrat caucus had given him, such as the Tea Party Republicans being “extremists,” and that Rep. Boehner was being held “hostage” by the Tea Party Republicans.

Number Two was Vice President Biden’s staffers sticking a pool reporter, Scott Powers, in a cleaning closet for an hour and 15 minutes, using the closet as a waiting area for the V.P. to arrive.

And now, for the moment we’ve all been waiting for—and I just heard it this morning—Number One, and the ‘Holy Crapper for the week: Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) saying, “”I’m tired of reading the Constitution and all the silly things we’ve done for the last 13 weeks (in the House of Representatives).”

Could it be a coincidence that he happens to win on April Fool’s Day? You be the judge. However, as will happen with every “Holy Crap Award” winner, I will be sending him an email letting him know that he has won this prestigious award.

Also, if the award works out on a weekly basis, there will be a Grand Winner at the end of the year. Maybe we’ll even have a trophy made and delivered to the big winner.

I hope you enjoyed the “Holy Crap Awards” for the week, and I hoep you come back and enjoy What’s Right is Right!

Next week, please send your suggestions to: holycrapawards@gmail.com

Thanks,

Mike

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The Frank Barone ‘Holy Crap!’ Awards

I am starting a new weekly segment called “The Frank Barone ‘Holy Crap!’ Awards.” In these days of troubles, I think we could all use a laugh.

Hopefully you have all seen the show Everybody Loves Raymond. If not, I highly recommend it in syndication! Anyway, if you have seen it, you know Frank (the late and missed Peter Boyle) will always, at least once per episode, come off with the now legendary ‘Holy Crap!’

The ‘Holy Crap!’ awards will go to the most outrageous comments and gaffes made by darlings of the liberal Democrat party, media, etc. I will research this on my own, but I would also like to invite suggestions from readers as well.

Please bear in mind that this is a conservative blog, and as such, only liberals making outrageous statements qualify for the ‘Holy Crap!’ awards. Please respect this and don’t comment on Republicans who say outrageous things (as regards this post). I’m sure there will be no shortage of them either, but I respectfully ask that if you want to publicize those, that you start your own awards program.

Hopefully we will get some good ones! I will post them on Friday or Saturday…most likely Friday. Thanks, Mike.

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With Libya, be Careful What You Ask for…You Just Might Get it!-by Mike Minton

(What’s Right is Right) March 26, 2011-From everything I can find on the internet, President Obama may unwittingly-or even worse, wittingly- be aiding al-Qaeda to gain a foothold in Libya, giving it a new base in North Africa. 

According to the UK’s The Telegraph, the leader of the Libyan opposition, Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi, says fighters who are now fighting on the front lines against Muammar al Qaddafi are veteran jihadists who fought against allied forces in Iraq.

One of the most disturbing paragraphs in The Telegraph’s article goes as follows: “Mr al-Hasidi insisted his fighters ‘are patriots and good Muslims, not terrorists,’ but added that the ‘members of al-Qaeda are also good Muslims and are fighting against the invader.’”

So, basically, we have the leader of those who are fighting against Qaddafi, whom we are supporting militarily, saying that “members of al-Qaeda are also good Muslims and are fighting against the invader.” Obviously, he’s talking about us. The good guys who are saving his hide.

He couldn’t possibly be talking about Qaddafi, for Qaddafi is not an invader. He’s a homeboy in Libya. This guy al-Hasidi is saying that we Americans (and other Westerners) are desired by the rebel forces to defeat Qaddafi, but only so they can turn Libya into an al-Qaeda state where they can plan to kill us at a later time.

Did we not learn anything from helping Iraq against Iran and Afghanistan against the Soviets? Sure, my enemy’s enemy is my friend today, but tomorrow, when my enemy’s enemy has been defeated, my enemy is my enemy again. Does that make sense?

Al Hasidi disclosed in the interview that he had fought against “the foreign invasion” in Afghanistan before being captured in 2002 in Pakistan. He said he was handed over to the U.S., was held in Libya, and was released in 2008.

If that isn’t enough to put the fear of God into you, according to the BBC, Ayman al-Zawahri, al-Qaeda’s second-in-command, said in a recorded audio message on the internet that a Libyan Islamist group known as The Fighting Islamic Group in Libya is joining forces and becoming part of al-Qaeda. How’s that for gratitude from the Libyans?

According to the BBC’s website, “The recorded message called on Islamists to topple North African as well as Palestinian leaders. ‘O nation of jihad, support your sons so that we defeat our enemies and rid our homeland of their slaves,’” said the recorded voice attributed to al-Zawahri, referring to the leaders of Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco.

A spokesman for the Fighting Islamic Group in Libya, called Abu Laith al-Libi, is quoted as saying, “We proclaim our alliance with the Al-Qaeda network… to become the faithful soldiers of Osama Bin Laden.”

Pam Gellar from the Fox Nation puts it this way: “Obama is now paving the way for an Islamic state in Libya. Not that Libya has been good under Gaddafi – hardly. But there are degrees of evil. The situation can always be worse, and little matches the anti-human brutality of Islamic regimes in the twenty-first century.

“It’s ironic that Obama has turned against Gaddafi, since Gaddafi has regarded him warmly, saying in April 2010: ‘Barakeh Obama is friend…He is of Muslim descent, his policy should be supported.’ As meticulously documented in my book, The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration’s War on America, the ties between Gaddafi and Obama are close and extensive. Back in July 2008, Gaddafi endorsed Obama, going so far as to say: ‘All the people in the Arab and Islamic world and in Africa applauded this man. They welcomed him and prayed for him and for his success, and they may have even been involved in legitimate contribution campaigns to enable him to win the American presidency.’”

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Is DHS Secretary Napolitano Delusional?-by Mike Minton

(What’s Right is Right) Mar 24, 2011-The Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, said in a speech on January 31st of this year that, while there is ongoing violence along the U.S.-Mexico border, the situation is not “out of control.” I’m really not quite sure where this delusional thinking comes from—other than maybe a desire to see that her boss gets reelected in 2012. 

According to Sec. Napolitano, “[I]t is inaccurate to state, as too many have, that the border is overrun with violence and out of control. This statement—often made only to score political points—is just plain wrong. Not only does it ignore all of the statistical evidence, it also belittles the significant progress that effective law enforcement has made to protect this border and the people who live alongside it.” 

In fact, according to Chuck Norris in a Townhall.com article, Ms. Napolitano “asked public officials to stop exaggerating claims of violence on the U.S. side of the border and ‘be honest with the people we serve.’” She also said, “Let’s stick with the facts. We need to be upfront and clear about what’s really happening along our borders.” 

I’m not really sure you want to do that, Madame Secretary. Mr. Norris points out several incidents which have happened recently along the U.S. side of the border: 

“–In April 2010, on a street in Fort Hancock, Texas, four Hudspeth County employees were working on a remote unpaved road, when an unknown gunman fired from across the Rio Grande. (In a January 2011 letter to the U.S. House of Representatives’ Judiciary and Homeland Security committees, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott described the shooting as “yet another incident involving cartel-related gunfire.”)

–In June 2010, El Paso’s City Hall was struck by at least seven shots fired from across the border in Ciudad Juarez, the epicenter of Mexico’s ongoing drug war. 

–In August 2010, at least one stray bullet from Mexico hit a building at the University of Texas at El Paso. 

–In October 2010, U.S. tourist David Hartley reportedly was shot by a Mexican gunman. 

–In November, the University of Texas at Brownsville temporarily canceled classes because of ongoing gunfire across the border in Matamoros, Mexico.” 

And as Chuck points out, that’s just Texas, not to mention all the violence taking place in the other American states. In fact, according to statistics released by Rep. Steve King (R-IA), twelve Americans are murdered by illegal aliens every day in this country. That’s 4,380 Americans per year. 

While Ms. Napolitano would like to credit the Obama administration for the addition of Border Patrol agents on the ground, the truth is, credit for the majority of the increase in agents rightly belongs to the Bush administration, according to PolitiFact. 

There are so many issues that stem from illegal immigration that it’s almost impossible to know where to start. From those coming here to actually find a better life to those smuggling drugs to those who could be terrorists looking to hit us here at home. 

A few years back I wrote a book called Mr. Right Opinion: Unplugged and Unashamed. In it I included an article I wrote while I was a reporter for Talon News Agency concerning fears of Chinese terrorists who were believed to have come across the Mexico-U.S. border and who were allegedly supposed to meet in Boston to carry out a terrorist plot. 

Fortunately, the plot turned out to be unfounded. But, the truth is that our border is porous enough that such a scenario is feasible. As long as there are areas along the border where illegals can enter the country, many times as “mules” for drugs, then there is also the possibility of terrorists coming in with chemical and biological weapons. 

Getting back to the point that Sec. Napolitano made that the media is exaggerating violence by illegals, in a CNSNEWS.com article entitled U.S. Spending At Least $18.6 Million Per Day to Incarcerate Illegal Aliens; More Than 195,000 Illegal Aliens Deported in Fiscal 2010 Had Committed Crimes Here, written by Edwin Mora, Napolitano’s argument is just blown out of the water. 

In the article, it is stated that statistics from the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice, show that U.S. taxpayers pay a minimum of $18.6 Million PER DAY to house “an estimated 300,000 to 450,000 illegal immigrants who are incarcerated and eligible for deportation from the United States.” This would mean that illegals account for between 13% and 19.5% of the prison population. This is hardly an exaggeration. 

These statistics are based on 2001 figures (ten year old numbers), and are based on the lower end of the spectrum—300,000 illegals. These are people who have come here illegally, committed a crime, and are incarcerated either in federal, state, county or local facilities, and are eligible for deportation from the United States. 

A spokeswoman for the DOJ said that the cost of housing a state prisoner—at 2001 levels—was roughly $62.00 per day. That means that the taxpayers are paying $18.6-$27.9 million per day. 

I would really suggest that these politicians stop looking out for their next election, and actually do what they are there to do: look out for the best interest of the United States of America!

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United Nations Finally Getting it Right…or is Someone Else Leading the Show?-by Mike Minton

In what was, at least for me, a surprise move, the U.N. passed the resolution to impose a no-fly zone over Libya. Even more surprising, however, was the fact that the action was imposed almost immediately.

After seeing resolution after resolution passed against Iraq in the 1990’s with no real consequence, I truly was surprised to see the military action happen…at least that quickly. I must say, though, that I am happy to see it, and I hope that they don’t stop until Gaddafi is either captured or killed, although that is not part of the stated mission of the United States. In fact, British Defense Secretary Liam FoxLiam Fox has called Gadaffi a “legitimate target,” according to Britain’s MailOnline: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1368250/Libya-We-kill-Gaddafi-says-Defence-Secretary-Liam-Fox-RAF-blitz-Libya.html.

Just as surprising as the U.N. action is to see France step up and actually take the reigns on this one. I am happy to see someone besides the United States come forward and see to it that the right thing is done; especially in yet another Muslim country.

The Libyans are tired of living under forty years of oppression by Gaddafi, and are ready for a change. They are sick of living in poverty, and are ready for a better way of life. This is not unlike what we’ve seen in many Middle-Eastern and North African countries as of late.

While the U.S. has been taking the lead in a lot of the missile strikes thus far, the administration is being very cautious to let the world know that this is not, nor will it be, a United States operation. In fact, they are going out of their way to assure other countries that it is not.

While, according to the U.S. military, coalition strikes have been successful in degrading Gaddafi’s air defenses and in creating a no-fly zone in Libyan skies, the Pentagon says it will soon be handing over command of Operation Odyssey Dawn in a “matter of days.” However, it is completely unclear to whom command will be handed.

In terms of what Washington would like to see, it is believed that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) would be the preferred leader of operations. However, as the Strategic and Defense Studies Center’s Dr. Stephan Fruhling says in the Australian ABC in a report at: http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/03/21/3169706.htm, “From the reports that we receive there is certain disagreement or resistance from NATO to take over; on the one hand from Germany, and other countries who have reservations about the operation in principle,” he said.

“Remember that Germany for example abstained from voting in the Security Council and did not vote for this resolution authorizing military action.

“But also France is reportedly against handing it over to NATO in order to maintain a strong national influence and prominence of France in that operation.”

Creating even more tension is the statement by Defense Secretary Robert Gates, “I think there is a sensitivity on the part of the Arab League to being seen to be operating under a NATO umbrella.

“So the question is if there is a way we can work out NATO’s command and control machinery without it being a NATO mission and without a NATO flag and so on,” Secretary Gates said.

Dr. Fruhling, of the Strategic and Defense Studies Center, believes that the “operation has in many ways…started before all the political implications have been worked out in Western capitals,” therefore making it very difficult to say where this is headed. “[A]nd I don’t think anybody really knows.”

And there seems to be a long way to go. Initially, this started out as a U.N. mandate to enforce a no-fly zone over Libya to protect rebel civilians from Gadaffi’s relentless air assaults. However, that quickly escalated to pre-emptive air strikes against Libya’s military bases to protect coalition aircraft.

Remember, President Obama himself called for Gaddafi to leave office. “Moammar Gaddafi has lost legitimacy and he must leave,” the president said in a White House news conference. If this does not happen, the U.S. will undoubtedly lose yet more credibility on the world stage.

We then started seeing the reigns being taken over by French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British PM David Cameron, as the two started to stress the need for “regime change” in Libya.

Quoting the Middle East Forum’s website, “until President Gerald Ford issued Executive Order 11905, which declared that ‘no employee of the United States Government shall engage in, or conspire to engage in, political assassination,’ the question of the legality of assassination had been vague.” Now, though, political assassination is illegal in the U.S. Possibly that is why the two missiles which were so generously delivered to Col. Gaddafi’s compound were done so courtesy of the British navy. Either way, we all know that Gaddafi must go.

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U.S. Rep. King (R-NY) to Begin Hearings on Radical Islamists Tomorrow: Editorial-Mike Minton

OK, it’s time to get opinionated about this whole Rep. King hearing on the “inroads radical Muslims have made in America.” Let’s just go through this story point-by-point, shall we?

As my story in “Mike’s Straight Bullitts” reports, “The stated goal of Rep. King is to explore radicalization of Muslims in America.” What can be the harm in that? According to The Heritage Foundation, at least 30 terrorist attacks against America have been foiled since 9/11/01. Sounds worthy of investigation to me.

Another paragraph in my article says that, “Religious and civil rights groups, along with Democrats, say Homeland Security Committee Chairman King is singling out Muslims, which could provoke a backlash against Muslims nationally, as well as aid in recruiting for radical Muslims.”

First off, Muslims ARE the ones trying to carry out these attacks. I haven’t heard of a Monk going around with plastic explosives in his underwear lately. And secondly, as far as stirring up recruitment is concerned, these folks want to kill us anyway. They are subject to radicalization whether Rep. King holds these hearings or not.

As Eric Cantor said, the vitriol against Rep. King is unjustified, and that the hearing’s purpose is simply to “assess how we can better work with the Muslim community in America to stop the spread of radical Islam.” It is NOT a witch-hunt, it is simply to see how we can better work with those in the Muslim community to help stop the spread the radicalization of these extremists.

As Rep. Cantor pointed out, the Fort Hood shootings were a result of radical Islam. Things that were not mentioned were the so-called underwear bomber, the idiot in Portland who tried to blow up as many people as possible at a Christmas tree lighting, the “shoe-bomber,” the list goes on and on.

It seems rather obvious to me that we need to get to the bottom of why there are so many Americans who are vulnerable to this radicalization, who is radicalizing them, where they’re coming from, and what can be done to stop it.

Then we get dingy-Harry Reid weighing in: he is “deeply concerned about these hearings, which demonize law-abiding American Muslims who make important contributions to our society, as I would be about congressional hearings to investigate Catholics, Jews or people of any other faith based solely on their religion.”

Harry, I can almost guarantee you that if the Catholic faith began to have radical offshoots that were targeting every religion that wasn’t Catholic, there would be congressional hearings on the matter. And it would have happened long before now.

In fact, if you recall, in 1993 we had a religious cult know as the Branch Davidians who were living in a compound in Waco, Texas. Granted, these were not necessarily the sanest people in the world, and yes, they did have a supply of LEGAL weapons. The search warrant obtained was not based on illegal weapons, but that they could be modifying legal firearms to illegal firearms.

So, basically, this religious group was targeted by the ATF and FBI for owning legal firearms and having killed nobody. Yet that situation ended up in a government raid which resulted in the deaths of 76 people, including 20 children. Yet liberals and jihadists feel that congressional hearings are over-zealous? Give me a break!

Chief counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice, Jay Sekulow, perhaps said it best: “Without question, there’s a troubling factual pattern of American Muslims becoming radicalized and focusing on creating havoc here on U.S. soil. This hearing is designed to get to the bottom of what’s taking place in our nation — how al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations are recruiting and manipulating American Muslims to attack the U.S. This hearing isn’t about profiling — it’s about protecting our homeland.”

In terms of J. Brent Walker, executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, his assertion that the hearings will “send a further message that Muslims present a greater threat of terrorism than other religions.” Well, I’d say he’s right. At this point in time, they do.

As for his last statement, “It would imply that the potential for terrorism from outside of Islam is not significant enough to merit a hearing,” well, he’s right!

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