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Hollywood’s “Obama Kills Osama” Propoganda Flick Exposed

Posted by KingShamus on August 20, 2011

I haven’t been on this story quite as much as I’d like to, so let’s let John Nolte fill in some details.

The Hill:A Republican lawmaker from Kansas wants to prevent the administration from helping Sony make a move [sic] about the killing of Osama bin Laden.

The Stop Subsidizing Hollywood Act introduced by Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-Kan.) would stop the Obama administration from spending taxpayer money to share information about the killing of bin Laden with Sony Pictures, which is looking to release a film about that event in October 2012.

Let me get this straight.  The director and screenwriter for this feature-length campaign ad, Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal, have been granted access to all kinds of high-level clearance details about the slaying of Osama bin Laden.  In related news, regular Americans still can’t see a picture of the dead terrorist leader or hear anything other than a conflicted thumbnail sketch story of the events surrounding bin Laden’s death.  Funny how that is.

At first, I thought the Obama administration was trying to protect vital national interests by keeping details of the raid on bin Laden’s compound on the down low.  I wondered if maybe the government was trying to muddy the waters so that our stealth helicopter would remain shrouded in mystery or to protect the  identities of SEAL Team Six. 

Stupid me.  They were just trying to eliminate spoilers for the big-budget action flick they’re making with Sony Pictures.  How thoughtful of the Obama Administration Movie Gossip Website.

Speaking of which, here’s a spoiler alert for Bigelow,  Boal and every other member of the Committee To Re-Elect St. Barry Of The Holy Double Tap:  I’m not seeing this government-sponsored campaign commercial when it is released in theaters.  I won’t watch it when it comes out on Netflix.  I won’t see this when it runs on TNT after one of that network’s daily eight hour “Law & Order: Criminal Angeles Victims Trial In The UK” marathons.

I refuse to take part in some latter-day Riefenstahl’s exaltation of our totally awesome man of steel warlord.  Why? Because I’m supposed to get an Administration-mandated heartboner for KillShot Barack a few weeks before the election?  Screw that bullshit.

“But KingShamus”, you ask in a sad tone, “remember all those feature films Hollywood put out to help George W. Bush?  Movies like ‘Farenheit 9/11′ and “The Day After Tomorrow’ and “Redacted’ and ‘Lions For Lambs’ and ‘In the Valley of Elah’ and ‘Death of a President’.”

Anyhoo, even though I’m going to skip Sony Picture’s free Obama advertising, I see Doug Ross has an exclusive look at the first movie poster.

  

In theaters just in time to hopefully sway the election for the otherwise miserable failure Barack Obama!

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Frank J. Fleming-Our Enemies Are Dorks

Posted by KingShamus on May 18, 2011

Little, flaccid dorks.

So they found a big stash of porn in Osama bin Laden’s compound. I thought the whole point of terrorism was supposed to be religious or something, but apparently the terrorists are like cafeteria Muslims — they don’t subscribe to the whole Islamic tenet of clean living and instead just adhere to the blowing-up-infidels part of the religion.

It seems one of the biggest goals of Islamic terrorists — besides pointless murder and mayhem — is to have absolutely no redeeming qualities whatsoever. We have bleeding heart liberals who automatically side with America’s enemies, but the terrorists are dead set on giving even those people absolutely nothing to hold onto. You can search and search for the terrorists to have any redeeming qualities, and the best you’ll come up with is something like, “Well, one time they only kicked a puppy when they easily could have stomped it to death.”

They’re just pointless, useless enemies — far more one-dimensionally vile than anything you’d find in the most hackneyed fiction. And that’s a big problem for us.

America has been in a slump for a long time. We just can’t get our act together and be the shining city on the hill we used to be, and I think a big part of that is terrorists. Not terrorism; terrorists — in that they are our big enemy right now. The fact is, to achieve great heights, America needs a great villain to overcome, and as long as our big enemy is a bunch of primitive thugs servicing themselves in barren compounds, we’re going to be stuck in a rut.

It’s a great piece, so read the whole thing.

Here’s a quibble:  What if a sizable minority of Americans–oh, say 21%– simply refuses to show up when a real enemy actually emerges?

Even worse:  What if the American public recognizes the next supervillain, but the political class is too corrupt and addicted to power to figure it out?

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‘Shoot First So No Questions Can Be Asked Later’

Posted by KingShamus on May 11, 2011

That’s how Andrew McCarthy characterizes the Obama administration’s policy towards dealing with terrorism and terrorists. Here’s more from his piece.

The Lawyer Left is the core of the president’s base. From its legions, Obama recruited his attorney general, the top lawyer in his State Department, and many of his administration’s most influential voices. Its signal achievement has been to make a legal and political hash of terrorists’ detention and interrogation. It has become far easier and cleaner to kill the enemy than to capture and squeeze him for intelligence purposes.

This is an extraordinarily problematic situation. As I’ve conceded before, my principal concern about candidate Barack Obama was that, in his maddening solicitude toward anti-American Islamists, he would abandon the fight against Islamist terrorists. I’ve been delighted to be proved wrong about that. Considering where I feared he’d come out, it seems downright ungracious to complain that we are killing when we ought to be grilling.

Nevertheless, given that our concern here is national security rather than good manners, we have to complain — at least about the policy, if not to its application in bin Laden’s case.

…President Obama is enjoying counterterrorism success by slipstreaming behind Bush-era policies and exploiting the afterclap of the CIA’s Bush-era interrogation program. But the well is running dry. Unless we replenish it with new interrogation intelligence, the days when we can identify previously unknown terrorists and thwart their plans are numbered. You can’t rely on killing every terrorist when you don’t know every terrorist.

Read the rest.

In the essay, McCarthy is quick to add that he believes Osama bin Laden had to die. He argues–rightly, I think–that the potential intel we lost by killing OBL was outweighed by the sheer necessity of his death. Bin Laden had to go, no matter what he might’ve been compelled to tell us during a friendly chat with a few of our intel officers at Guantanamo Bay.

McCarthy’s larger point…that we’re killing potential sources of valuable intel because the Administration doesn’t want to have use enhanced interrogation techniques…is particularly important. Obama’s propensity to “kinetically de-live” (Hat-tip, Manhattan Infidel) terrorists rather than question them is ultimately counter-productive.  By all means turn the big bad guys, the living symbols of fundamentalist jihad, into corpses.  That’s better than good in my book.  However, there has to be a limit to how many terrorists you can afford to simply rub out.

For instance it probably would’ve been easier to kill Khalid Sheik Mohammad, the number 3 guy in al-Qaeda and the chief planner behind the 9/11 attacks, rather than capture him alive. No transporting a live human who could give you trouble en route, no potential rescue attempts by his buddies and no messy issues involving the methods used to pry intel out of his brain.  KSM catching a JDAM-induced curb stomp would’ve been Kool and the Gang for most of the American public.  It would’ve also taken away the need to question KSM.  Naturally, you can’t put a pile of soon-to-be fertilizer into a stress position and expect it to talk.

But killing Khalid Sheik Mohammad would’ve also denied the Americans a large chunk of data.  Most importantly, KSM was the man who gave up the name of the Osama courier.  That vital piece of intel eventually led SEAL Team 6 to kill Osama bin Laden.  Taking KSM alive was an important component in the nation’s long-term security plans.

The thing is, capturing high-value targets sorta implies that we’ll interrogate them.  Interrogating them means making tough choices about what methods of questioning are used on what detainees.  All the labyrinthine  decisions and ethical dilemnas that George Bush faced have not gone away simply because the current president has decided to avoid painful quandries unless he absolutely cannot dodge them. 

Complexity.  Hard choices.  Nuance.  Ambiguity.    All things that Team Obama assured us the President could handle and handle much better than Dubya.  Has St. Barry actually figured these things out, or has he just decided to yet again vote ‘present’?  Sadly, signs point to the latter.

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More Reactions On Osama Bin Laden’s Death

Posted by KingShamus on May 3, 2011

1:  Two Cheers For Obama

I dislike Obama’s domestic agenda as much as any other sane human being, but on this issue I gotta give it to the President.  Most striking is the nerve Obama displayed.  There were only about a thousand things that could’ve gone wrong here.  From faulty intel to equipment failure to poor planning, this mission could’ve gotten off track and ended in disaster.  If that happened, it could’ve easily metastasized into a Jimmy Cartereqsue clusterfuck.  A foul-up in Abbottabad could’ve effectively ended Barack Obama’s presidency.

Think about how Obama handled this situation, then compare it to how Bill Clinton handled similar circumstances.  In 1998, Bubba threw some Tomahawk missiles at what he thought was bin Laden’s headquarters.  He hit some tents and little else.  By contrast, the President was presented with good verified intel, then sent a team into Pakistan and made sure SEAL Team Six got their man.

There were huge risks to the operation–potential damage to American prestige, possible negative political ramifications–and Obama still gave this mission the green light.  Congratulations to the President for bucking up his courage and doing the right thing.

2:  A Superpower Got A Much Needed Win

SEAL Team Six did something truly spectacular.  From a military perspective, they killed the man responsible for 9/11.  Osama bin Laden was also the head–at least from a spiritual perspective–of the most dangerous international terrorist organization in the world.  This will have some effect on al-Qaeda’s future operations.

The slaying of the bin Laden dragon also gave America some much-needed swagger.  The Afghan War has been seen as morass where our military has so far played for a costly blood-soaked tie with the Taliban/al-Qaeda/Islamist insurgency.  While the US public hasn’t been screaming for a pull-out, there is a level of exhaustion creeping into people’s minds.  Giving Osama a third eye settles a score America had with the al-Qaeda leader and with the Afghan War itself. 

Beyond that, the American people were hungry for a win.  Anemic economic growth, high unemployment, high gas prices and the creeping shadow of inflation have been a part of the daily lives of Americans for a quite a while.  These pocketbook issues create downward pressure on the morale of US citizens.  For a few days, folks can rally and celebrate the fact that our military finally scored a clear, unadulterated victory against an opponent that has slipped the noose for over a decade.

3:  Don’t Expect Many Changes

Just how much day-to-day command of al-Qaeda…and international terrorism in general…did Osama bin Laden have at the time of his death?  That has yet to be conclusively discussed, but signs point to not so much.  The terrorist leader’s safehouse was apparently not wired for the internet or telephone.  Bin Laden has to rely on couriers to send and receive messages.  Barring new revelations about the connectedness of al-Qaeda’s top dog, it seems like Osama really wasn’t in the loop as much as he may have been ten or even five years ago.

That tells me that the Afghan War will continue to frustrate American patience.  I’m currently reading “The Wrong War” by Bing West.  One is struck by just how little Osama bin Laden figures into the daily problems involved in winning the Afghan conflict.  Like an evil djinn from an old Arabian myth, Osama created massive chaos that has taken on a life independent of its malevolent architect.  The death and misery that bin Laden helped bring to Afghanistan will sadly live on long after Osama’s corpse has sunk lower than whale shit.

In America, the killing of Osama bin Laden does not alter the reality on the ground.  In my travels yesterday, I tried listening in to people’s conversations about the death of Osama and talking to them about it.  In contrast to the spontaneous celebrations that occurred around the country, folks I ran into were basically happy that al-Qaeda’s leader was dead, but they weren’t overwhelmed by it either.  What I saw was a quiet joy and a somber hopeful attitude.

What I gather is that the killing of bin Laden is a tremendous one-time event in the course of American life.  As great as Osama bin Laden’s demise is–and it truly is an awesome accomplishment for Barack Obama and especially for our military–it doesn’t change the problems that have crowded into American life.  Unemployment will not suddenly shrink back to five percent.  The choking threat of inflation has not magically receded to manageable levels.  The cost of energy and fuel have stubbornly failed to take  precipitous drop in the last 24 hours.

The President scored a great victory for himself and for America, the country he leads and the nation he is basically ambivalent about.  The problem for Barack Obama is this victory will not have a huge lasting impact on his political fortunes.  Circumstances in Afghanistan are probably not going to change all the much from killing bin Laden.  Also, Obama can’t blow a hole in Osama bin Laden’s skull every week until November 2012.  These facts suggest that, while this is a large political game changer right now, OBL’s death cannot turn around Barack Obama’s poll numbers for very long.  The President’s popularity is based on negative factors that cannot be changed with one grand event.

Update:  AceOFSpadesHQ poster CAC does a nice break down on the “Osama is Dead” bounce Obama has received.  Click the link to check out his snazzy chart, and here’s a cool quote.

Obama has received an average bounce- including the WaPo moonland poll, of about 6.6.

Yep, 6.6. Mind you there is time for more rescue polls, but the driving concerns for Americans aren’t in Afghanistan/Pakistan right now. They haven’t been there in nearly a decade.

President Obama in fact received a larger bounce at the end of last year thanks to the tax cut extension agreement with Republicans than he has so far [for] killing bin Laden.

Yeah, the MSM are gonna want to play this as the Great Obama Re-Election Clincher, but the numbers simply don’t bear this out.

Even More Gooderer Update:  Iowahawk kills it.

As much as I am now embarrassed to admit it, if you had asked me 48 hours ago whether Osama Bin Laden would ever be brought to justice I would have probably answered “no.” Like many Americans I had all but abandoned hope that we would ever capture or kill the 9/11 mastermind, and had resigned myself to the idea he would die an old man thumbing his nose at us from some comfortable cave in Waziristan. Well, I can happily report that I completely underestimated the skill, courage, and perseverence of America’s military. And, almost as happily, I can report that I also completely underestimated the capacity of America’s erstwhile “peace community” for turning on a dime and embracing the kind of all-American xenophobic flag-waving bloodlust they only recently decried. So today I stand proudly with my new friends of the formerly antiwar left in a mindlessly jingoistic salute to President Obama for an extralegal military assassination well done.

Yes, it’s true that some pre-January 2009 antiwar activists have remained morally and logically consistent in their opposition to America’s military presence in the Mideast; but, thank God, it appears now they were only a tiny, insignificant minority. Recent events have happily made clear that the antiwar movement of 2001-8 was overwhelmingly dominated by a vast silent hypocritical majority of craven political opportunists awaiting a Democratic administration to gleefully celebrate the covert execution of a man whom, until 28 months ago, they would have described as a “tragic civilian casualty.”

Who is to credit for this rebirth in American national unity? First and foremost, we must cite the leadership of President Obama. Like many Americans – and the Nobel Peace Prize committee – I naively feared he was actually serious when he initially proposed shutting down Guantanamo, trying detainees in American civilian courts, and prior consultation with the international community. Little did I know that this untested young Commander-in-Chief would muster the courage to read his weekly Gallup numbers and, in one daring unilateral extra-judicial targeted hit job, toss aside every single idiotic foreign policy principle of his election campaign. Perhaps most satisfyingly, it was a mission made possible thanks to information extracted by methods he previously banned as “illegal torture.”

Read. The. Whole. Thing.

NOW.

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Mullah Omar: Snagging a big fish

Posted by KingShamus on May 13, 2010

Well, that’s pretty farging awesome right there.

But now what?  Ollie North has some uncomfortable answers. 

Last month, while I was still in Afghanistan, rumors were circulating that the ISI had detained Mullah Omar in Karachi on March 27, and placed him under house arrest in what they call “community care.” American operatives say he has since been transferred to a secret ISI lock-up under the Pakistani euphemism: “institutional care.” According to several reports, all of this information was confirmed to U.S. officials by a senior Pakistani military officer “several weeks ago.”

“Why would the ISI take down ‘one of their own?’” I asked. The answer came in a mixed metaphor but the meaning was clear: “The ISI intends to be in the driver’s seat when the ‘Peace Talks’ get underway in Afghanistan later this month. And the ISI officers calling the shots know Mullah Omar is the best bargaining chip they have.”

None of this bodes well for the “Consultative Peace Jirga,” on which Mr. Obama has now placed his imprimatur. Some of those watching preparations for the “peace talks” predict a call for an immediate, Vietnam-style, “cease fire” as a pre-condition for the conference – and a demand to grant Mullah Omar – Osama bin-Laden’s closest ally – safe haven in Saudi Arabia. If the O-Team agrees to any of this, it will be akin to putting perfume on a skunk.

A few things.

If Mullah Omar is the best chip the ISI can have, that sorta assumes that Osama bin Laden is not available for Pakistan to use in the upcoming negotiations.  Don’t get it twisted; Mullah Omar is a very nice catch.  It would be better if the US had him of course, but then half a loaf of bread is still better than none at all. However, from an American perspective nabbing Mullah Omar is not nearly as exciting as pinching bin Laden.  The fact that the ISI is ‘only’ presenting us with the one-eyed dickbag means they do not as yet have the leader of al-Qaeda.

As for North’s larger point, I dunno.  I haven’t gotten the sense that the Left has been really itching for a big time withdrawal from Afghan conflict.  Oh I know a bunch of  liberals will wring their hands from time to time and concern-troll Obambi for not making peace.  At the same time, it seems like the anti-war liberals have been oddly quiet since, oh…January20th 2009.  It’s as if some event took place on that day that suddenly muted much of the 2001-2008 anti-war statements that were so common on the Left. Hmmmm.  Oh well.  Must be just a kooky coincidence.

In any case, if President Barry isn’t facing a stiff resistance to the war from any quarter of the American body politic, why would he feel the need to agree to a cease-fire?  Are we losing that badly that we want to stop fighting?  I mean, logically, you only want a cease-fire if you’re getting creamed.  So, from a military perspective, it seems like the Taliban are the ones crying uncle, which means they’re the losers.  If we’re winning it makes no sense to stop now and give the Taliban any chance to catch their breath.

Now if we’re not losing the war, the only reason to agree to a cease-fire is that Obama has lost the stomach for the fight.  Uggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhh.  Snatching foreign affairs defeat from the jaws of military victory?  Yeah, that sounds like the Barack Hussein Obama we’ve all grown to love.

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Shocker-Osama bin Laden was a domineering prick at home

Posted by KingShamus on October 17, 2009

In other surprising news, I’ve learned that Lady Gaga is sorta interested in self-promotion.

Back to Sammy.

He [Bin Laden] eventually returned to Saudi Arabia a hero, but at home was increasingly disciplinarian, punishing his children — who eventually numbered more than a dozen — for transgressions such as “showing too many teeth” while laughing.

Meanwhile, Najwa was kept in seclusion with Osama’s new wives, one of whom she picked, in a spartan home without the mod-cons that make life in the stifling desert lands of Saudi Arabia and Sudan more comfortable.

“My father would not allow my mother to turn on the air conditioning that the contractor had built into the apartment building,” Omar relayed.

“Neither would he allow her to use the refrigerator that was standing in the kitchen.”

Yeah, nobody is really shocked by this, of course.  A dude who is super-cool about mass murder is probably not going to be full of empathy and kindness to other humans, even those closest to him.

Thomas Lifson, a blogger over at the great American Thinker site, wonders where the feminists are on the mistreatment of women in the Muslim sphere.

I wonder how far he [Bin Laden] is outside the norms of Saudi life? 

I spent decades of my life around feminist intellectuals in Cambridge and Berkeley, women (and a few men) who loved to describe the patriarchy they saw all around them, that turned affluent, educated women into victims. By patriarchy, they meant the United States. 

Osama bin Laden demonstrates what a real patriarchy is like. Funny that not many feminists are ardent supporters of the war on terror. For some reason, they prefer to avert their eyes.

Lifson knows more than he is letting on about the nature of the feminist movement.  Far from being a serious intellectual endeavor, modern feminism has devolved into a snippy ankle-biting facet of the Left.  The sole goal is to use feminist phraseology to club conservatives over the head. 

The fate of women under Islamic law is pretty much a non-issue for the ideological sob sisters that make up 21st century feminism.  Women and Islam is not a topic that can be used as a political tool against free-marketeers or Christian evangelicals, so the feminists won’t do much to address it.  Every once in a while, they’ll make little hurt noises about Saudi Arabian moral police or Iranian gay/lesbian mistreatment, but that’s just window-dressing for their assaults on the US. 

No, what really works up Western feministas is the iron-clad patriarchy in America, where the machismo is so powerful that more women than men go to college, abortion is a nearly unrestricted right in all 50 states and Nancy Pelosi is Speaker of the House.

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