* Remember: this is from a guy who doesn’t give a s*#t about the constitution or our values. This is a guy who fell through a hole in the flag. Â Its not about that Obambo is ‘concerned’ that we will be attacked again, as this misleading Reuters headline claims, yes, theÂ chancesÂ are good they will attack us again, but hey: lets release them anyway and worry about it later!
* Â The first fallout with the military. Petraeus on the way out. Remember: the Obaminator wants his own palace guard, his very own Gestapo, and has overall no liking for the military as we know it:
WASHINGTON, Feb 2 (IPS) – CENTCOM commander Gen. David Petraeus, supported by Defence Secretary Robert Gates, tried to convince President Barack Obama that he had to back down from his campaign pledge to withdraw all U.S. combat troops from Iraq within 16 months at an Oval Office meeting Jan. 21.
But Obama informed Gates, Petraeus and Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen that he wasn’t convinced and that he wanted Gates and the military leaders to come back quickly with a detailed 16-month plan, according to two sources who have talked with participants in the meeting.
A network of senior military officers is also reported to be preparing to support Petraeus and Odierno by mobilising public opinion against Obama’s decision.
Petraeus was visibly unhappy when he left the Oval Office, according to one of the sources. A White House staffer present at the meeting was quoted by the source as saying,Â “Petraeus made the mistake of thinking he was still dealing with George Bush instead of with Barack Obama.”
Andrew BoltÂ â€“ Tuesday, February 03, 09 (06:58 am)
George Bush was a war criminal for permitting such things, and Hollywood madeÂ films flaying him for it. But Barack Obama is the Messiah and is no doubt right to do what he thinks he must:
Under executive orders issued by Obama recently,Â the CIA still has authority to carry out what are known as renditions, secret abductions and transfers of prisoners to countries that cooperate with the United States.
And watch the Bush haters turn on a dime. For example, under Bush, Human Rights Watch insisted the US ”permanently discontinue the CIA’s rendition program”.
But under Obama, Human Rights Watch concedes thatÂ “under limited circumstances, there is a legitimate place” for renditions.
February 1, 2009
“We have fought and we fight and will fight any government that governs America”
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba â€” A military jury Monday convicted Osama bin Laden’s media secretary of war crimes for creating an al Qaeda recruiting video that prosecutors argued incited suicide bombers. Within hours, the jury sentenced him to life in prison.Â
The convict, Ali Hamza al Bahlul, about 40, responded by breaking his week-long boycott of the trial with a 50-minute anti-American monologue.
He declared his devotion to Allah, berated the United States for the plight of the Palestinians and, noting his election-eve conviction, announced that radical Islam’s war with the West would persist with whoever succeeds President Bush.
”We have fought and we fight and will fight any government that governs America,” said Bahlul. He waved a poem he wrote in Arabic in praise of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, The Storm of the Airplanes.