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An Osama saga ending

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From page A4 | December 31, 2012 | 13 Comments

Reelected Nov. 6, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden cited one foreign policy accomplishment — the death of Osama bin Laden May 2, 2011. On the campaign trail Obama practically took all the credit for bin Laden’s death after Seal Team 6 shot him as he reached for a weapon.

With the election over, perhaps now we can move beyond this year-and-a-half-old foreign policy “achievement.”

But before we move on to a new year, it may be enlightening to look back to an earlier time when the name al Qaeda or Osama bin Laden were not exactly household words. In 1987 Lt. Col. Oliver North was testifying before a Senate hearing as to why the National Security staffer spent $60,000 of taxpayers’ money on a home security system.

“‘Isn’t that just a little excessive?’” asked the senator
“No, sir,” said North.
“No? And why not?” the senator  asked.
“Because  the lives of my family and I  were threatened, sir.”

“Threatened? By whom?” the senator questioned.

“By a Muslim terrorist, sir,” North answered.

“Terrorist?  What terrorist could possibly  scare you that  much?”

“His name is Osama bin Laden, sir,” North replied.

The senator was Al Gore, and he thought it was amusing that he had trouble pronouncing bin Laden’s name. It’s a sure thing he and a lot of other people can pronounce that name now.

“Why are you so afraid of this man?” Gore asked.
“Because, sir, he is the most evil person alive that I know of and the Muslims are trying to take over America and destroy it from the inside out and putting their people into our political offices,” North said.

“And what  do you recommend we do about him?” asked Gore.
“Well, sir, if it was up to me, I would  recommend that an assassin team be formed to eliminate him and his men from the face of  the earth.”

And for this we must credit President George W. Bush for starting the killer aerial drone program and President Obama for really expanding it.

What it really required, in addition to Obama’s greatly expanded drone program is a tough foreign policy, one as tough as the Israelis. Which brings us back to Osama’s successful plot to blow up the World Trade Center Sept. 1, 2001. One of the suicide pilots was Mohammad Atta. The Israelis imprisoned him for blowing up a bus in Israel in 1986.

As part of President Bill Clinton’s Oslo deal with the Palestinians — a deal which Yasser Arafat never kept – the Israelis were supposed to release political prisoners. But the Israelis didn’t want to release any “with blood on their hands.” Clinton’s secretary of state, Warren Christopher, insisted they release all. And that is how Mohammad Atta was freed to later fly into the World Trade Center. Once a terrorist always a terrorist.

And Bill Clinton at the Democratic National Convention praised President Obama for killing Osama bin Laden. He sure had a personal interest in being thankful for the death of  what Oliver North called “the most evil person … that I know.”

Let’s hope future presidents and secretaries of state just let imprisoned terrorists stay in prison. Which brings us back to the terrorists imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. It’s time to move those military tribunals along and keep the really bad guys such as 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed imprisoned in Gitmo for life. He is what the New York times refers to as one of 16 “high value”  detainees. Thank goodness for the House and Senate, which overwhelmingly voted against bringing KSM and others to New York for trial. Keep them in Gitmo. Congress set out tribunal parameters approved by the courts. It is time to follow through.

Mountain Democrat

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  • Phil VeerkampDecember 28, 2012 - 10:43 pm

    MD writes - “ . . . Which brings us back to Obama’s successful plot to blow up the World Trade Center Sept. 1, 2001. One of the suicide pilots was Mohammad Atta. The Israelis imprisoned him for blowing up a bus in Israel in 1986. . . .”Thanks for redirecting blame away from Bush, Cheney and the Neocon insider elite NWO Illuminati fiends who actually pulled off 9/11.

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  • EvelynDecember 29, 2012 - 11:34 am

    Freudian slip?!

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  • Phil VeerkampDecember 29, 2012 - 11:50 am

    NO. - It's part of the MD Bush Cheney and the Neocon insider elite NWO Illuminati fiends who actually pulled off 9/11 conspiracy coverup.

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  • cookie65December 31, 2012 - 7:49 am

    Let's not forget the Puerto Rican terrorists that gained clemency from Clinton and push by then US attorney eric holder in order for the secretary of head injuries to win her senate seat in NY. Those who vote for people based on the redistribution of wealth have no use for history.

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  • EvelynDecember 31, 2012 - 8:32 am

    Hadn't John F. Kennedy, Jr planned to announce his candidacy for that NY Senate seat that Hillary eventually filled?

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  • Phil VeerkampDecember 31, 2012 - 9:37 am

    Michael Rivero of "What Really Happened" has material that insinuates an "alternate" narrative to Kennedy Jr.’s death. Michael Rivero also has “alternate” material on HAARP, chemtrails, Freemasons . . . . . . . . Mr. Rivero and I shared Freerepublic.com beginning in 1987 posting anti-Clinton material. He was banned from FreeRepublic for his over-the-top “Freemason-Jews-IsraelLobby-LibertyBombing” fixation.

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  • Jim MeyerDecember 31, 2012 - 9:55 am

    As much as I enjoy these fanciful discussions of conspiracies and other far-fetched notions that aren't rooted in reality, I at least recognize that they are entirely fictional. Of course, there are those who believe that these deep-rooted and ultra-secret conspiracies are easily ferreted out by ordinary citizens in their pajamas, armed with nothing more than an Internet browser and a few easily persuaded friends, but that -- and their first-amendment right to peddle such nonsense -- does not actually convey credence. Oh, and Mountain Democrat? You seem to have forgotten that time, back in 2004, when George Bush disbanded the CIA unit in charge of tracking bin Laden. That was reported by actual newspapers and confirmed by the CIA: "WASHINGTON, July 3 — The Central Intelligence Agency has closed a unit that for a decade had the mission of hunting Osama bin Laden and his top lieutenants, intelligence officials confirmed Monday." The name of the guy who initiated the hunt for bin Laden? William Jefferson Clinton.

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  • CatherineDecember 31, 2012 - 12:43 pm

    I absolutely love that the MD publishes Internet canard as fact. My fondest hope in 2013 is that no one teaches Mr. Raffety how to use "The Google" or factcheck. That would spoil the fun. Happy New Year to all!

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  • Phil VeerkampDecember 31, 2012 - 1:02 pm

    Catherine, that mean streak in you is quite fetching. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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  • CiscoDecember 31, 2012 - 1:44 pm

    So the Mt. Democrat is once again spreading fake news stories. A simple internet search can provide several websites debunking this myth. The facts about his testimony being that it was John Nields, not Al Gore questioning him. The terrorist in question was Abu Nidal, not Osama Bin Laden. The cost of the surveillance system was $16,000, not $60,000. And Oliver North himself claims he never said he was afraid of anyone. So much for journalistic integrity Mt. Democrat. http://web.archive.org/web/20041010152845/northamerican.com/benladen.htm

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  • Phil VeerkampDecember 31, 2012 - 2:32 pm

    Cisco, you are ABSOLUTELY correct. It was in fact Abu Nidal. The only thing Osama was fighting back then was puberty and zits and morning stiffies.

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  • Phil VeerkampDecember 31, 2012 - 2:34 pm

    BOLD OFF again

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  • James E.December 31, 2012 - 2:53 pm

    Phil, first Mr. O'furniture talks Viagra, and now you talk stiffies. A little decorum please.

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