As a constituent in your district, I strongly urge you to vote NO on the authorization for use of force in Syria, for the following reasons:
- The rationale for action is lacking moral authority. The stated premise for action is “punishment for use of chemical weapons”, “violating international norms”. But the arbiters of international norms are the United Nations, the ICC, or at least a consensus of the signers of the weapons treaties or a sizable consortium of global powers, not the President or Congress of the United States. It would be justifiable perhaps, if backed by the international community, not opposed by the UN, the Pope, the European Union, the Arab League, and others who more fully embrace “international norms”.
- Use of force in Syria is an act of aggression that will provoke a response. We must be prepared for whatever form that takes, be it terrorism at home, abduction of the children of diplomats and officials (as Iran has threatened), conflict with Russia who has warships in the area, or an attack on Israel. Taking action without the will, resources and assets in place to deter or counter such a response with overwhelming force would be irresponsible. Failure to deter or counter will only lead to more degradation of our influence in the world than this President has already caused. If the US attacks Syria, it must be willing to see the conflict through to a victory for our interests, otherwise there is much to lose.
- There is little downside for inaction. For Congress to not authorize force against Syria will not (as some have claimed) “weaken our ability to respond to other threats including the Iranian nuclear program”, if the vote is clearly limited to Syria and a vote of no-confidence in this President’s ability to conduct a limited military action.
- We are not sufficiently prepared for this action. The Obama military cuts, together with sequestration, have weakened our ability to act if the conflict escalates (as it likely will) beyond a “limited punitive strike”. Leaving Iraq without a residual force, the mis-adventure in Libya including the Benghazi debacle, bumbling our actions with respect to Egypt – all have weakened our credibility in the Arab world, making retaliation more likely and the effectiveness of a strike that leaves the Assad regime intact unlikely.
I am not an isolationist and believe that US military intervention when our national interest is clearly defined is justified and sometimes necessary. A successful intervention has a clearly defined policy goal, a definable and achievable military objective, a plan that provides sufficient resources to prevail, and indisputable political support both at home and abroad. This president’s wish to intervene in the Syria civil war passes none of these tests.
This past weekend in Orlando, Americans for Prosperity Foundation hosted a conference for grassroots activists from around the nation.
With informative breakout sessions in the mornings to highlight successes on the state and local levels, and “big tent” events in the afternoon with national conservative leaders, there was something for everyone, including ample free time to “network”.
The “malaise” that affected many of us locally after the bitter results of the 2012 Presidential election has been pretty widespread, and organizers from many locations reported falling attendance at many of their events. Hopefully, that is now starting to change. Although we are still licking our wounds, conferences like this one demonstrate that there is still life in the conservative grassroots, we have leaders in the movement that “get it” and have the fortitude to take it to the President – to lead the fight against the train wreck that is Obamacare, the endless debt and deficits, the administration that cares little for the rule of law, the separation of powers, or the role of the states in our constitutional republic.
“It’s amazing what is possible in America“, said Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, when people are free – free to make their own choices, free from the suffocating regulations of intrusive government. He talked about education as the key for the jobs of tomorrow, and the success they have had in his state in shutting down failing schools and greatly expanding the charter school system which has done a lot to improve the lot of minority children. Last week, unfortunately, Obama’s Justice Department has decided to sue Louisiana to roll back these reforms and return students to their failing schools. Judging by his fiery critique of the President and his policies, it is clear he will stand up against our rogue Attorney General and fight to retain the success they achieved.
Our own Senator Marco Rubio declared “There is nothing wrong with America – but there is something wrong with this President“. The good news, he said, is that “we still have time to save the American Dream“, by reforming the tax code and eliminating regulations. “We don’t need Common Core”, he said, and he will not vote for any budget that funds Obamacare or to increase the debt ceiling without a balanced budget amendment and specific cuts.
Unfortunately for Senator Rubio, there is still a lot of anger in the movement about his role in passing the “gang of eight” Senate immigration bill. In the hall were members of Flimen with pink shirts that said “Pink Slip Rubio”, and throughout his speech you could hear sporadic calls for “No Amnesty”. Although he avoided this issue in the speech, he did address it in a smaller group that met with him prior to the session. In a hotel suite with about 40 supporters, after answering some questions about Syria, Obamacare and other issues for which he was among friends, someone in the back asked “what about immigration”. A hush fell across the room at this point and he had no choice but to address it with a somewhat lengthy justification that amounted to “the status quo is unacceptable so we have to do something“. To me it sounded like doubling down. Not good.
Then Arthur Brooks, President of American Enterprise Institute, succinctly summed up the Obama message: “Rich people have your stuff and I’m going to get it back for you.” This shouldn’t have worked as envy is not American, but unfortunately all our side had to say to his supporters was “You’re a moocher” – no wonder we lost. The words “fairness” and “compassion” have been kidnapped by the left and we should take them back and own them, because progressive ideology is neither fair nor compassionate. As a humorous and memorable side comment illustrating our difference in values, he recalled a bumper sticker seen in San Francisco – “Your body may be a temple but mine is an amusement park”.
Next up was Governor Rick Scott, gearing up his re-election bid with a positive jobs message. Recalling his 2010 pledge to create “700,000 jobs in 7 years”, he reported us as on-track, with the likelihood of 900,000 jobs created by 2018. Scott is still popular with the Florida grassroots, although his support for Medicaid expansion had a lot of heads scratching. We do still remember that he declined to create a state Obamacare exchange, though. A few hecklers in the audience periodically shouted “No Common Core”, reflecting dissatisfaction with the direction that our education system has taken over the last few years. Scott talked about his activities as a booster of the state’s business climate and his good-natured rivalry with Texas and Governor Rick Perry who was the last major speaker of the day.
A 2012 Presidential candidate until his campaign faltered early in the primary process, he is possibly gearing up for another run in 2016. Well known as a jobs governor, the record of the Texas economy on his watch has been very impressive. As he makes the rounds of the states selling the Texas miracle, he has gained the ire of many blue state governors who do not appreciate his pointing out the shortcomings of their performance or the failings of the Progressive economics.
On another theme, “All roads lead back to the states“, said Perry. One size fits all federal programs (like Obamacare) are anathema to the founding principles of this country. A favorite target of the Obama administration, whose ideology sees the power in the states to be a roadblock to their big government agenda, Texas is now being sued by Eric Holder and the Justice Department as they try to end-run the Supreme Court and re-impose Voting Rights Act restrictions that require federal permission for such things as Voter ID laws.
On the final day of the conference, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, another possible 2016 presidential candidate and clearly the favorite of the gathering gave us reasons for optimism. With the success of Ron Paul’s filibuster on drones, and the failure of gun control initiatives after Sandy Hook, the President was forced to “listen to the people”, he said. On Syria, with Obama now going to Congress for authorization, on immigration, on common core, – the people are making their voices heard and throwing a wrench into the Obama agenda. His job as a Senator, he says, is to restore economic growth as the lack of growth is related to all of our other problems. Tax Reform (“Abolish the IRS“), and regulatory reform (“Repeal Obamacare – every single word“) are the key. He sees Obamacare as the greatest job killer of all time and sees de-funding it in the upcoming budget process as the key. In answer to skeptics that see that tactic as a political liability for Republicans, he says “You lose 100% of the fights you surrender at the outset.” Standing ovations were frequent for this speech.
All in all, the speakers reminded us that conservatism is not “in trouble” as the mainstream media may have you believe, but resurgent and full of fire. With his agenda in tatters, the Obama team sees winning back the House and holding the Senate next year as their only chance to have a legacy of anything but failure. Any thought of compromise or even dealing with a Republican House is not is the President’s wheelhouse. Although 2014 will be a harder slog than 2010 when we took them by surprise, at the end of this conference it was clear that we have depth, we have tools and we have a maturity that comes from adversity and learning from the losses of 2012. Thanks to AFP and organizations like them, the conservative grassroots will have help and structure that will amplify our effectiveness going forward.
South Florida 912 Supports Project Holiday
In an effort to support deployed USA military members during the holiday season, the City of Delray Beach, “You Are Not Alone”, the Church of the Palms Congregational and “One Soldier at a Time” have come together to support the 6th Annual Project Holiday. This important Project collects and ships desperately needed items to our military who will not be able to come home for the holidays. The community is encouraged to experience the true spirit of the holiday by contributing to this worthy cause. Donated items will be accepted at various locations around the City and again at several locations in Boca Raton from October 19 – November 18, 2011.
Examples of needed items are: (travel size preferred): Thermoguard pads (heating pads), holiday decorations – All Faiths, bags of hard, individually wrapped candy (i.e., lifesavers, dollar store hard candy – please no chocolates except for tootsie rolls, tootsie roll pops, charm pops, etc), snacks that can easily be put in their pockets while on duty (i.e., fruit cups, peanut butter crackers, etc), gum, beef jerky, Slim Jim, pepperoni or similar dried meats, boxes of granola bars or similar, individual bags of nuts, dried fruit, trail mix or sunflower seeds, boxed and/or individual drink packets (i.e., Crystal Light, Wal-Mart or Target brand, Kool-Aid, hot chocolate, etc), non-perishable food items, foil packed tuna and chicken, crackers, sun block, lip balm, baby wipes (no bigger than 2½” wide packages), Purell hand sanitizer, hand lotion, batteries (AA or AAA), foot powder, deodorant, toothpaste, socks (white or black knee-hi), nationwide phone cards, disposable cameras, used CD’s, DVD’s (no VHS tapes or cassettes), letters, notes, holiday cards, encouragement cards.
Monetary donations to cover postage costs and to purchase calling cards are also appreciated. Send a check or money order made payable to Project Holiday and mail to: City of Delray Beach, c/o Delores Rangel, 100 NW 1st Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33444.
If you are a City resident of Delray Beach or Boca Raton with a family member serving overseas and would like a package sent to them or wish to volunteer with packing items to be shipped, contact Delores Rangel at (561) 243-7010. Information on Project Holiday can also be found on the City’s website, www.mydelraybeach.com.
Please bring the items to our Nov 10th meeting.
Southflorida912 wants to support this effort like we did a similar effort last year please gather the supplies and bring them to our next meeting.
Thanks in advance for all you will do.
The organizers of the event asked me to post the following:
We thank all the patriotic Americans who marched with us last night at our America supports Israel parade. Many members of The Palm Beach County Tea Party and the 912 Party attended. Speakers included Pastor Bray of the Christ Fellowship Church and Luis Fleischman of the Jewish Community Relations Council. A special thank you to Christ Fellowship for their kindness and generosity.
With Love & Appreciation
Barbara & Mel Grossman & Ellen & Terry Brady
Pictures from Fred
A candlelight ceremony will be held Friday night, 12/17, at Lake Worth Beach to honor fallen Marine Lance Cpl. Jose A. Hernandez.
The ceremony will be held from 7-10 p.m. and is open to the public
Hernandez was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
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15 June 2010
By Lieutenant Colonel Allen B West (US Army, Retired)
Published by permission.
“I do not fear an army of lions if they are led by a lamb. I do fear an army of sheep if they are led by a lion”.
Alexander the Great
Greetings Wheels on the Road readers, fellow South Floridians, and indeed all Americans. It is time for our monthly political assessment and this one is rather personal. Last month we addressed what is at stake, and the response was the future of America. One of the factors affecting our Country right now relates to Alexander’s quote mentioned above.
Attorney General Eric Holder once lamented that America is a “nation of cowards”, that is far from the truth. The problem we have in America is that we are being led by lambs, by an effete ruling class elite. America is a nation of lions, warriors, but when we find ourselves being led by a cabal of weak, ineffective, and indecisive appeasers the result is evident.
Sure, the liberal progressives are dogged ideologues and tenacious poodles when it comes to nationalizing our production; healthcare, financial sector, energy sector, and automobile industry. They stand strong against the rule of law regarding illegal immigration. And there is no doubt no group will fight harder to redistribute wealth and turn America into a collective “balkanized” socialist Country.
However, what scares the liberals more than anything else is the “Warrior Class”. They abhor the men and women who find a commitment and conviction in believing in this Constitutional Republic and the principles which make America exceptional. This is a sentiment which over the past 30 days we witnessed being manifested from the highest office in our land, the President.
When Barack Hussein Obama made the decision to take a “vacation” back to Chicago rather than attend Memorial Day ceremonies at Arlington National cemetery that was a complete disregard and disrespect to those who gave the “last full measure of devotion”. I know, those who suffer from Bush Derangement Syndrome are frothing and recounting that Pres GW Bush missed an Arlington ceremony….but he was at Normandy, a very appropriate place to be.
But it was not just the missing Memorial Day, it was also the lack of any recognition of the 66th anniversary of D-Day. It was the failure to address Flag Day which was also the 235th birthday of the US Army. Lastly, Obama’s refusal for the second year in a row to attend the “Gold Star Family” events clearly telegraphs his regard for our military does not go beyond photo opportunities.
The malignant narcissism of the President, and the liberal progressives, is laser focused on the disrespect and the destruction of the American Warrior class. They detest anyone who has the courage of conviction and love of America, something which they find unconscionable.
It starts with a national security strategy which refuses to address the enemy of our Nation, islamic totalitarianism and radical islamic state sponsored terrorism. We have sheep who are so oblivious to the threats to our security that the Obama administation’s terrorism expert, John Brennan, stated that “terrorism is a state of mind and jihadism is a legitimate tenet of Islam”. When at the highest levels we project a recalcitrance to confront our enemy, you only embolden them.
When an enemy is emboldened, such as this one, they launch a “humanitarian aid” flotilla which is nothing more than a cover to supply a terrorist organization, Hamas. When you have a Sovereign State seek to protect itself, and even institute insidious rules of engagement, and yet is condemned for protecting its warriors, we are upside down……we are being led by sheep. Nothing pleasures wolves more than fresh lamb meat, and we are serving that up at every instance.
This seemingly is not just an American phenomenon, but a worldwide epidemic. North Korea sinks a South Korean naval vessel and we ask for an apology. The international community demands that Israel apologize and submit to an investigation.
We have created rules of engagement in Afghanistan which allows the enemy every opportunity to kill our men and women. We have considered such horrible ideas such as an award for “courageous restraint”. We even allow former Taliban members who have attacked, and maybe even killed, our troops to be released from detainment based upon a “pledge” signed by their fathers and tribal leaders.
Yet, we have our own Warriors such a Army 1LT Michael Behenna serving a 15 year prison sentence for killing a known Al Qaeda operative who attacked him. Worse however, is the fact that exculpatory evidence in his case was withheld by the Army prosecutors who also withheld a key witness. There in the military prison at Ft Leavenworth sit 10 Army Soldiers while Taliban fighters are being released. We just witnessed some of our finest Warriors, US Navy SEALS, having to endure a courts-martial because they “punched” a terrorist.
That is why I will be heading to Ft Leavenworth in September to rally for the release of our Soldiers so that they can be reunited with their families. Those families who willingly sacrificed their loved ones, believing that they could be severely wounded, or even killed….but never imprisoned for doing what we ask Warriors to do.
In the past 30 days we watched the House of Representatives so concerned about the military that they just could not wait, and voted to repeal “Dont Ask Dont Tell”. This was done against the counsel of the Service Chiefs who asked for an opportunity to allow the men and women in uniform to offer their suggestions and insights. No, it is more important to have the military accomodate behavior rather than respect the professionalism of those Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen.
We have seen the President nominate someone for Supreme Court justice who attacked the Solomon Amendment, allowing ROTC activities on our college campuses. We are willing to allow an Islamic victory tribute to be erected at Ground Zero in New York City because we have leaders who just cannot find the courage to stand….sheep.
We have a running gun battle occuring on our southern border but we allowed a foreign leader to demean our laws and attack a Governor of a sovereign American State.
There has never been a more critical time for our Republic and yet we find the worse possible individuals in control for this time. We have a Nation of men and women who embrace victory and detest the stench of defeat. However, all we get is more speeches, talk, empty rhetoric, and never an action plan….at least not an action plan which is commensurate with the foundational principles of America.
I stated earlier that this subject is personal to me and that is because of my story from Iraq in 2003. Yes, I fired my service 9mm over the head of a detainee to ensure my men were protected. Yes, I was removed from command and fined $5000. Yes, I withstood the attacks from the liberal sheep and will continue to do so because I am part of the Warrior class. I retired with Honor and remain a respected member of that group of men and women who feel pride when the National Anthem is played, and tear up at Taps.
When I look at Pelosi, Frank, Weiner, Clyburn, Klein, and Obama I see lambs, certainly not leaders. I see mundane deliberators, not decisive people of character. This 2010 election cycle has the most Veterans running for office since WW II and there is a simple reason.
America will not survive as a Nation in a world of wolves being led by sheep, it will take Lions.
Steadfast and Loyal, LTC(R) A B West
On November 5, 2009, Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan unleashed a vicious Islamic terrorist attack, when he climbed upon a table at Fort Hood, in the readiness assembly area; shouted “Allah Akbar”, and opened fire, killing 13 unarmed Army personnel.
After the shooting our president cautioned the American public not to jump to conclusions. Later he asked lawmakers to “resist the temptation to turn this tragic event into the political theater”. As if it would be possible to ignore the political, social and security implications of this brutal Islamist terrorist attack.
In his book, “Audacity of Hope”, Barack Obama wrote, “I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction”. Can this be the reason our president now categorizes this terrorist attack as a “tragic event” and pleads with the public not to politicize the motives of the Muslims living within our borders? Is President Obama unwilling and unable to face the American people, because he fears we will realize his allegiance to his Muslim heritage?
Our president hides behind a cloak of Political Correctness; which allows him to spin barbaric Islamic terrorist attacks into “man made event” or “tragic event”. The rhetoric of the day changes what had commonly been described for years as a suicide bomber, into a more palatable, homicide bomber. As if anyone beside a Muslim anywhere in this world would strap a bomb on himself and go kill for the sake of jihad. In this kinder, less offensive rhetoric the word “terrorist” isn’t mentioned. By denying the very essence, the root cause, the obvious reality, we as the innocent, become we the naïve and encourage, invite more death, more destruction.
I will let the record speak for itself. After you examine the facts, you tell me at what point, when and where the premeditated murderous, vile, perverted, cruelly sadistic ideology of jihad terrorism turned into a “man made event”.
7/18/1973; Washington, DC; Nation of Islam members shoot seven members of a family to death in cold blood, including four children. Later a defendant in the case is murder in prison on the orders of Elijah Muhammad.
10/19/1973; Oakland, CA; Nation of Islam terrorists kidnap a couple, killing the man and raping and beating the women, leaving her for dead.
10/29/1973; Berkeley, CA; A woman dies after being repeatedly shot in the face by Nation of Islam terrorist.
11/25/1973; Oakland, CA; A grocer is killed in his store by Nation of Islam terrorists.
12/11/1973; Oakland, CA; A man is killed by Nation of Islam terrorist while using a phone booth.
12/13/1973; Oakland, CA; A woman is shot to death on the sidewalk by Nation of Islam terrorists.
12/20/1973; Oakland, CA; Nation of Islam terrorists gun down and kills an 81 year old janitor.
12/22/1973; Oakland, CA; Nation of Islam terrorist kills two people in separate attacks on the same day.
12/24/1973; Oakland, CA; A man is kidnapped, tortured and decapitated by Nation of Islam terrorists.
1/24/1974; Oakland, CA; Five vicious shooting attacks by Nation of Islam terrorists leave four people dead and one paralyzed for life. Three of the victims were women.
4/1/1974; Oakland, CA; A Nation of Islam terrorist shoots at two Salvation Army members, killing a man and injuring a woman.
4/16/1974; Ingleside, CA; A man is killed by Nation of Islam terrorists while helping a friend move.
3/9/1977; Washington, DC; Hanifi Muslims storm three buildings including a B’nai B’rith to hold 134 people hostage, two are shot, one died.
11/4/1979; Tehran, Iran; Iranian radicals seized the U.S. embassy, taking 66 hostages; 14 were later released. The remaining 52 were freed after 444 days.
7/22/1980; Bethesda, Maryland; A political dissident is shot and killed in front of his home by a Iranian, who was an American convert to Islam.
8/31/1980; Savou, Illinois; A Iranian student guns down and kills a husband and wife, his next door neighbors.
1982 to 1991; Lebanon; Thirty US and other Western hostages were kidnapped in Lebanon by Hezbollah. Some were killed, some died in captivity, and some were eventually released. Terry Anderson was held for 2, 454 days (6 years and 9 months)
4/18/1983; Beirut, Lebanon; U.S. embassy is destroyed in a suicide car-bomb attack by The Islamic Jihad; 63 are killed including 17 Americans.
10/23/1983; Beirut, Lebanon; Shiite suicide bombers exploded a truck near the U.S. military barracks at the Beirut airport, 241 U.S. Marines are killed. Minutes later a second bomb killed 58 French paratroopers in their barracks in West Beirut.
12/12/1983; Kuwait City, Kuwait; Shiite truck bombers attacked the U.S. embassy killing 5 and injuring 80.
9/20/1984; East Beirut; Lebanon; A truck bomb explodes outside the U. S. embassy annex, killing 24, including 2 U.S. military.
12/3/1984; Beirut, Lebanon; A Kuwait Airways Flight #221, from Kuwait to Pakistan is hijacked and diverted to Tehran, 2 Americans were killed.
4/12/1985; Madrid, Spain; Bombing at restaurant frequented by U.S. soldiers, 18 Spaniards are killed and 82 injured.
6/14/1985; Beirut, Lebanon; TWA Flight #847 en route from Athens to Rome is hijacked to Beirut by Hezbollah terrorists and held for 17 days, one U.S. Navy diver is executed.
11/7/1985; Mediterranean Sea; Muslim gunmen attack Italian cruise ship, Achille Lauro, 1 wheelchair bound, U.S. tourist is killed.
12/18/1985; Rome, Italy and Vienna, Austria; Both city’s airports were bombed, killing 20, 5 were Americans.
4/2/1986; Athens, Greece, A bomb exploded aboard TWA Flight # 840 en route from Rome to Athens, killing 4 Americans and injuring 9.
4/5/1986; West Berlin, Germany; Muslims bomb a disco frequented by U.S. servicemen, killing 2 and injuring hundreds.
12/21/1988; Lockerbie, Scotland; New York bound Pan-Am Boeing 747 exploded in flight from a terrorist bomb and crashed into the Scottish village, killing all 259 passengers and 11 on the ground. 35 Syracuse University students and many U.S. military personnel are among the dead. Libya formally admitted responsibility.
1/31/1990; Tucson, Arizona; A Sunni cleric is assassinated in front of a Tucson mosque after declaring two verses of the Qur’an were invalid.
11/5/1990; New York City, New York; An Israeli rabbi is shot to death by a Muslim attacker at a hotel.
1/25/1993; Langley, Virginia; A Pakistani with Mujahideen ties guns down and kills 2 CIA agents outside their headquarters.
2/26/1993; New York City, New York; Militant Islamic terrorists detonate a massive truck bomb under the World Trade Center, killing 6 and injuring 1040.
3/1/1994; Brooklyn, New York; A Muslim fires on a vanload of Jewish boys, killing 1.
4/19/1995; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Home grown American terrorist Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols blow up a federal office building, killing 168 of which 19 were children and 1 other died in a rescue effort.
11/13/1995; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; A car bomb exploded at a U.S. military headquarters, killing 5 U.S. servicemen.
6/25/1996; Dhahran, Saudi Arabia; A truck bomb exploded outside Khobar Towers military complex, killing 19 American servicemen and injuring hundreds, Islamic militants were indicted.
3/23/1997; New York City, New York; A Palestinian Muslim leaves an anti-Jewish suicide note behind and goes to the top of the Empire State Building where he shoot 7 Americans.
4/3/1997; Lompoc, CA; A prison guard is stabbed to death by a radical Muslim.
8/7/1998; Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Truck bombs exploded almost simultaneously near two U.S. embassies, killing over 200 and injuring over 4,000. A federal grand jury indicted twenty two men in connection with the bombing including Osama bin Laden, still at large.
10/31/1999; Nantucket, Massachusetts; An Egyptian airline pilot runs a planeload of 217 passengers into the water after uttering a Qur’anic prayer.
3/17/2002; Atlanta, Georgia; A local Imam (Muslim spiritual leader) guns down a deputy sheriff and injures his partner.
10/12/2000; Aden, Yemen; U.S. Navy destroyer USS Cole heavily damaged when a small boat loaded with explosives blew up alongside it.17 U.S. sailors were killed.
9/11/2001; United States of America; Radical Islamic Hijackers steer two planes in the World Trade Center Buildings and one into The Pentagon killing thousands and injuring hundreds, one plane intended for the Capitol Building crashes in Pennsylvania.
FOILED; December, 2001; Richard Reid a British citizen attempted to ignite a shoe bomb on flight from Paris to Miami.
3/19/2002; Tucson, Arizona; A sixty year old man is gunned down and killed by a Muslim sniper on a golf course.
FOILED; May, 2002; An American citizen is accused of seeking radioactive laced “dirty-bomb” to use against America. Convicted of conspiracy in August, 2007
5/27/2002; Denton, Texas; A Muslim sniper kills a man as he works in his yard.
6/14/2002; Karachi, Pakistan; A bomb explodes outside the American Consulate, killing 12
7/4/2202; Los Angeles, CA. A Muslim man pulls out a gun at the counter of an Israeli airline and kills two people.
9/5/2002; Clinton, Maryland; A fifty-five year old pizzeria owner is shot six times in the back by a Muslim at close range.
9/21/2002; Montgomery, Alabama; A Muslim sniper shoot two women, killing 1.
9/23/202; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; A Korean mother is shot in the back by a Muslim sniper.
FOILED; September 2002; The Lackawanna Six; American citizens of Yemeni origin convicted of supporting al Qaeda after attending jihadist camp in Pakistan. Five of six were from Lackawanna, NY.
10/2/2002; Wheaton, Maryland; A Muslim sniper gun down a program analyst in a store parking lot.
10/3/2002; Montgomery County, Maryland; Muslims snipers kill 3 men and 2 women in separate attacks over a fifteen hour period.
10/9/2002 to 10/22/2002; Virginia Area; A two man Muslim sniper team goes on a shooting rampage; 1 man is killed two days after a thirteen year old boy is wounded by the same team. 1 man killed while pumping gas; 1 woman is killed in a Home Depot parking lot; and 1 man killed in Aspen Hill, Maryland.
5/12/2003; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; suicide bombers kill 34, including 8 Americans at housing compounds for Westerns.
FOILED; May, 2003; Iyman Faris, American citizen is charged with plotting to use blowtorches to collapse the Brooklyn Bridge.
FOILED; June, 2003; Alexandria, Virginia; Eleven men in the Virginia Jihad Network are convicted of conspiracy and the Neutrality Act, for training to commit Jihad against American soldiers.
8/6/2003; Houston, Texas; After undergoing a religious revival, a Saudi college student kills a Jewish student by slashing his throat with a four inch butterfly knife, nearly decapitation the young man.
12/12/2003; Chicago, Illinois; A Muslim doctor deliberately allows a Jewish patient to die from an easily treatable condition.
4/13/2004; Raleigh, North Carolina; A Muslim man guns down five strangers with a car.
HONOR KILLING; 4/15/2004; Scottsville, New York; A Muslim father kills his wife and attacks his two daughters with a knife and hammer because he feared that they had been sexually molested.
5/29-31/2004; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; terrorists attack the offices of a Saudi oil company in Khobar, Saudi Arabia, take foreign oil workers hostage in a nearby residential compound, leaving twenty-two dead, including 1 American.
6/11-19/2004; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; terrorists kidnap and execute Paul Johnson Jr. an American. 2 other Americans and BBC cameraman are killed in gun attacks.
FOILED; August 2004; Dhiren Barot; Indian-born leader of terror cell plotted bombings on financial centers.
FOILED; August 2004; New York City, New York; James Elshafay and Schahawar Matin Siraj; Sought to plant bombs at New York’s Penn Station during the Republican National Convention.
FOILED; August 2004; Yassin Aref ;and Mohammed Hossain; plotted to assassinate a Pakistani diplomat on American soil.
12/6/2004; Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; terrorists storm the U.S. consulate, killing five consulate employees.
FOILED; June, 2005; Father and son Umer Hayat and Hamid Hayat; Son convicted of attending terrorist training camp in Pakistan; father convicted of customs violation.
FOILED; August, 2005; Los Angeles, CA; Kevin James, Levar Haley Washington, Gregory Vemon Patterson and Hammad Riaz Samana; homegrown terrorists who plotted to attack National Guard, LAX, two synagogues and the Israeli consulate.
11/9/2005; Amman, Jordan; suicide bombers hit three American hotels, The Radisson, Grand Hyatt, and Days Inn, in Amman, Jordan, killing fifty seven; al Qaeda claimed responsibility.
FOILED; December 2005; Michael Reynolds, was sentenced to thirty years in prison for plotting to blow up natural gas refinery in Wyoming, The Transcontinental Pipeline and a refinery in New Jersey.
FOILED; February, 2006; Mohammad Zaki Amawi, Marwan Othman El-Hindi and Zand Wassim Mazloum; All accused of providing material support to terrorists, making bombs for use in Iraq.
FOILED; April, 2006; Syed Haris Ahmed and Ehsanui Islam Sadequee; Cased and videotaped the Capitol and World Bank for a terrorists organization.
FOILED; June, 2006; Narseal Batiste, Patrick Abraham, Stanley Grant Phanor,Naudimar Herrera, Burson Augustin, Lyglenson Lemorin, and Rotschild Augstine; All accused of plotting to blow up the Sears Tower
6/16/2006; Baltimore, Maryland; A sixty-two year old Jewish moviegoer is shot to death by a Muslim gunman in an unprovoked terror attack.
6/25/2006; Denver, Colorado; Saying that it was “Allah’s choice”, a Muslim shoots four of his co-workers and a police man, killing 1.
7/28/2006; Seattle, Washington; An ‘angry’ Muslim-American uses a young girl as a hostage to enter a local Jewish Center, where he shoots six women, 1 dies.
FOILED; July, 2006; Assem Hammoud; Accused of plotting to bomb New York City train tunnels.
FOILED; August, 2006; A liquid explosives plot to explode ten airliners over the United States is uncovered.
FOILED; September, 2006; Damascus, Syria; an attack by four gunman on the American embassy is foiled.
HONOR KILLING; 10/6/2006; Louisville, Kentucky; A Muslim man rapes and beats his estranged wife, leaving her for dead, then savagely murders their four children.
1/12/2007; Athens, Greece; The U.S. embassy is fired on by an anti-tank missile causing damages but no injuries.
2/13/2007; Salt Lake City, Utah; A Muslim immigrant goes on a shooting rampage at a mall, targeting people buying Valentine’s Day cards at a gift shop, killing 5.
FOILED; March, 2007; Khaild Sheikh Mohammed; Mastermind of 9/11/2001 and author of numerous plots confessed in court to planning to destroy skyscrapers in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Also plotted to assassinate Pope John Paul II and former President Bill Clinton.
FOILED; May, 2007; Fort Dix, New Jersey; Six men are accused of plotting to attack Fort Dix Army base, the plan included attacking and killing soldiers using assault rifles and grenades.
FOILED; June, 2007; New York City, New York; JFK Plot; Four men are accused of plotting to blow up fuel arteries that run through residential neighborhoods at JFK Airport.
FOILED; September, 2007; German authorities disrupt a terrorist cell that was planning attacks on military installations and facilities used by Americans in Germany. The Germans arrested three suspected members of the Islamic Jihad Union.
12/11/2007; Algeria; More than sixty people are killed, including eleven United Nations staff members, when al Qaeda terrorist detonate two car bombs near Algeria’s Constitutional Council and the United Nations offices.
HONOR KILLING; 1/1/2008; Irving, Texas; A Muslim immigrant shoots his two daughters to death on concerns about their “Western” lifestyle.
5/26/2008; Tarmiya, Iraq; A suicide bomber on a motorcycle kills 6 U. S. soldiers and wounds eighteen others.
6/12/2008; Farah Province, Afghanistan; 4 American servicemen are killed when a roadside bomb explodes near a U.S. military vehicle.
6/24/2008; Karmah, Iraq; A suicide bomber kills at least twenty people, including 3 U.S. Marines, at a meeting between sheiks and Americans.
HONOR KILLING; 7/6/2008; Jonesboro, Georgia; A devout Muslim strangles his twenty-five year old daughter in an Honor Killing.
7/13/2008;Kunar Province, Afghanistan; 9 U.S. soldiers and at least fifteen NATO troops die when Taliban militants boldly attack an American base. it’s the most deadly attack against U.S. troops in three years.
FOILED; 8/18/2208; Camp Salerno, Baniyan, Afghanistan; As many as fifteen suicide bombers backed by about thirty militants attack the U.S. base. Fighting rages all night, No U.S. troops are killed.
9/16/2008; Yemen; A car bomb and rocket strike hit the U.S. embassy in Yemen as the staff members arrive at work, sixteen killed including four civilians.
2/9/2009; Iraq; A suicide bomber kills 4 American soldiers and their Iraqi translator near a police checkpoint.
4/10/2009; Iraq; A suicide attack kills 5 American soldiers and two Iraqi policemen.
FOILED; 9/20/2009; Denver, Colorado; Two Muslim men, father and son, Najibullan Zazi and Mohammed Wali Zazi, were arrested for making false statement to Federal agents in an ongoing investigation. Another man was arrested in New York City on the same charges and a handfull are under surveillance. Najibullan Zazi was also cited in New York Federal court for conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction in the United States.
FOILED; 9/24/2009; North Carolina; Two Muslim men were charged for plotting an attack on the Marine base in Quantico, VA. Originally arrested in August along with five other Muslims for conspiring to provide material support to terrorist overseas.
FOILED; 9/26/2009; Dallas, Texas; Hosam Maher Husein Smadi, an al-Qaeda supporter parked a SUV outside a sixty story building, dialed the cell phone number to detonate, what he thought was, a bomb and was arrested by uncover FBI agents.
FOILED; 10/21/2009; Boston, MA; Tarek Mehanna was arrested on charges to provide support to terrorist and conspiracy. He and others had planned to kill two U.S. politicians, randomly shoot people at a local mall, one American Muslim charged escaped to Syria.
FOILED; 10/27/2009; Chicago, Illinois; Two Muslims are charged with plotting a terrorist attack against a Danish newspaper that published cartoons depicting prophet Mohammed.
10/26/2009; Mumbai, India; In a series of attacks on several of Mumbai’s landmarks and commercial hubs which are popular with Americans and other foreign tourists, including two five star hotels, a hospital a train station and a cinema. Over three hundred people are wounded and about one hundred and ninety die including 5 Americans.
11/5/2009; Fort Hood; Killeen, Texas; Muslim terrorist gunman, kills 13 Americans and wounds 30 unarmed Army personnel.
How disingenuous can our President be when on the one hand he pleads for the public and the Congress not to turn the massacre at Fort Hood into a political spectacle and on the other gives the self admitted 9/11 terrorist a civil trial in New York City; a stage in the world arena; guaranteed to last for years and bounded for failure.
Mr. President, you have deceived the American people, you have violated our trust, and now you are trying to corrupt our moral character. Your actions are intolerable, can not and will not stand. We the people demand JUSTICE.
Afghanistan and Iran are on the front burner at present, but near the top are North Korea, China, Russia, relations with the former soviet satellites, South American socialism, and terrorism around the globe.
These posts will explore this area and ways we as individuals can influence our foreign policy.