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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

A Pre9/11 Mindset In Winnie The Pooh's Hundred Acres Wood

Unbelievable, Obama's national security advisor, Richard Danzig, thinks we should be looking to the pages of a Winnie the Pooh story book for foreign policy advice and Obama wants to return to the law enforcement model to fight terrorism. That worked real well didn't it since it gave us 9/11 and quite few more attacks before that and Bush's policies of taking the fight to them have brought zero more.

Richard Danzig, who served as Navy Secretary under President Clinton and is tipped to become National Security Adviser in an Obama White House, told a major foreign policy conference in Washington that the future of US strategy in the war on terrorism should follow a lesson from the pages of Winnie the Pooh, which can be shortened to: if it is causing you too much pain, try something else...

Danzig spelt out the need to change by reading a paragraph from chapter one of the children’s classic, which says: “Here is Edward Bear, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump on the back of his head behind Christopher Robin. It is, as far as he knows, the only way of coming down stairs. But sometimes he thinks there really is another way if only he could stop bumping a minute and think about it.”

Obama also agreed with the idiotic SCOTUS ruling that terrorist combatants captured on the battlefield overseas trying to kill our soldiers should be given the same rights as a shoplifter in US courts.
What we know is that, in previous terrorist attacks — for example, the first attack against the World Trade Center, we were able to arrest those responsible, put them on trial. They are currently in U.S. prisons, incapacitated.

And the fact that the administration has not tried to do that has created a situation where not only have we never actually put many of these folks on trial, but we have destroyed our credibility when it comes to rule of law all around the world, and given a huge boost to terrorist recruitment in countries that say, “Look, this is how the United States treats Muslims.”

So that, I think, is an example of something that was unnecessary. We could have done the exact same thing, but done it in a way that was consistent with our laws

I have read Lawrence Wright's book on the run up to 9/11 "The Looming Tower" and enough of Andrew McCarthy's, linked above, writings to know that is an insane policy sure to get more innocent people killed. McCarthy was involved in the prosecution of the first Trade Center bombers in '93 and knows a thing or two about it.
One thing is for sure is that we cannot let Barack Obama and his fluffy stuffing Winnie the Pooh foreign policy anywhere near the Oval Office this November.


Gayle said...

Yeah, I read about this this morning on someone else's blog. Unbelievable! One of my readers refers to Obama as "Obambi". Seems quite appropriate to me! :(

suek said...

Heh. If Bush just decided to declare them POWs - even though they are not, according to Geneva Conference standards - they could be kept locked up until the end of the conflict. Since there's no one to sign a treaty with, that could be forever. Of course, then the "close Gtmo" people would start screaming that "no, they're _not_ POWs"!!