Day By Day November 30, 2009 – Lip Service

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Day By Day by Chris Muir

The world awaits President Obama’s decision on troop deployments in Afghanistan tomorrow. There have been more leaks and trial baloons floated over the Thanksgivng weekend.

Now, there is discussion of an EXIT STRATEGY.

President Obama plans to lay out a time frame for winding down the American involvement in the war in Afghanistan when he announces his decision this week to send more forces, senior administration officials said Sunday.

Although the speech was still in draft form, the officials said the president wanted to use the address at the United States Military Academy at West Point on Tuesday night not only to announce the immediate order to deploy roughly 30,000 more troops, but also to convey how he intends to turn the fight over to the Kabul government.

“It’s accurate to say that he will be more explicit about both goals and time frame than has been the case before and than has been part of the public discussion,” said a senior official, who requested anonymity to discuss the speech before it is delivered. “He wants to give a clear sense of both the time frame for action and how the war will eventually wind down.”

The officials would not disclose the time frame. But they said it would not be tied to particular conditions on the ground nor would it be as firm as the current schedule for withdrawing troops in Iraq, where Mr. Obama has committed to withdrawing most combat units by August and all forces by the end of 2011.

Officials of one allied nation who have been extensively briefed on the president’s plan said, however, that Mr. Obama would describe how the American presence would be ratcheted back after the buildup, while making clear that a significant American presence in Afghanistan would remain for a long while. That is designed in part to signal to Pakistan that the United States will not abandon the region and to allay Pakistani fears that India will fill the vacuum created as America pulls back.

Well, it appears that the President is giving lip service to our troops, the Afghans and the Pakistanis. In order to appease, the far left of the Democrat Party he might as well announce a retreat and/or a withdrawal. The Obama Administratrion is no longer committed to the Global War on Terror – let the fireworks begin.

The terrorists have won and MORE innocent people will die.

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The Global War on Terror Ends and Replaced With “Overseas Contingency Operation”

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US soldiers belonging to the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force stand guard during a patrol outside the Bagram airbase, 50 kms north of Kabul, in February 2009. The NATO-led force in Afghanistan said Monday its troops killed a senior insurgent and nine associates in an operation in the southern province of Helmand

More symbolism over substance and Bush bashing from the Obama Administration.

The end of the Global War on Terror — or at least the use of that phrase — has been codified at the Pentagon. Reports that the phrase was being retired have been circulating for some time amongst senior administration officials, and this morning speechwriters and other staff were notified via this e-mail to use “Overseas Contingency Operation” instead.

“Recently, in a LtGen [John] Bergman, USMC, statement for the 25 March [congressional] hearing, OMB required that the following change be made before going to the Hill,” Dave Riedel, of the Office of Security Review, wrote in an e-mail.

“OMB says: ‘This Administration prefers to avoid using the term “Long War” or “Global War on Terror” [GWOT]. Please use “Overseas Contingency Operation.'”

Riedel asked recipients to “Please pass on to your speech writers and try to catch this change before the statements make it to OMB.”

President Obama recently ordered an additional 17,000 troops to Afghanistan to fight in this war against Islamic extremists.

“This increase is necessary to stabilize a deteriorating situation in Afghanistan, which has not received the strategic attention, direction and resources it urgently requires,” Obama said in a written statement.

“The Taliban is resurgent in Afghanistan, and al Qaeda supports the insurgency and threatens America from its safe haven along the Pakistani border.”

This “OPERATION” sounds like a WAR to me. Has the mission changed or do you want to change the name to show disdain to President Bush?

So, what gives, Mr. President?


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Global War on Terror Watch: Three Ohio Men CONVICTED Of Terrorist Activity

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Thanks to Diggers Realm for the photos Left to Right: Mohammad Zaki Amawi, Marwan Othman El-Hindi, and Wassim Mazloum

While the MSM mourns the passing of Tim Russert, this NEWS story may have been missed (Via M/M).

Remember these guys?

A federal jury on Friday convicted three Toledo-area men of Middle Eastern descent of plotting attacks against U.S. troops overseas and other terror-related acts.

Mohammad Amawi, Marwan El-Hindi, and Wassim Mazloum, all of whom are Muslim, were convicted on all counts of conspiring to kill or injure people outside the United States and face sentences of life in prison.

Prosecutors said the men were learning to shoot guns and make explosives while raising money to fund their plans to wage a holy war against U.S. troops.

“Today’s verdicts should send a strong message to individuals who would use this country as a platform to plot attacks against U.S. military personnel in Iraq and elsewhere,” said Patrick Rowan, acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security, in a written statement.

“This case also underscores the need for continued vigilance in identifying and dismantling extremist plots that develop in America’s heartland.”

These terrorists were able to blend into the Toledo, Ohio Muslim community. Amawi and El-Hindi are U.S. citizens, and Mazloum came to the U.S. legally from Lebanon. El-Hindi was born in Jordan, and Amawi was born in the U.S. but also has Jordanian citizenship. Mazloum was a college student who helped his brother run a used car lot. Amawi once worked at a bakery. And El-Hindi was a married father of seven.

Photo of used auto lot operated by Wassim I. Mazloum and his brother

So, what story is getting more news play.

1. Tim Russert’s passing

2. Conviction of American Muslim Jihadis?

Answer: 2

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How to Prevent Glasgow Airport-Like Attacks – BOLLARDS

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An example of the use of bollards at the United States Capitol

Glasgow-like attacks are preventable

MEASURES IN PLACE OR ARE PLANNED AT AREA AIRPORTS

Could a bomb-laden car ram into a crowded U.S. airport terminal like the attempted recent terror attack in Glasgow, Scotland?

Security analysts say “yes” in most U.S. airports, including all three major Bay Area airports. On the other hand, the same security measure that helped thwart the Glasgow attack can and in most cases will be put into place on this side of the Atlantic.

“We still have time; we don’t have to wait until this comes to us,” said Texas-based security consultant Issy Boim, who helped develop El Al Israel Airlines’ legendary security regime. “We need to think in a different way and actually find the right solution. In this type of business, even if it’s not popular and the threat exists, you cannot ignore the threat.”

The way to stop flaming explosive-laden cars from slamming into a crowded terminal, as the driver of an SUV attempted to do June 30 in Glasgow, is to put up sturdy posts called bollards.

Bollards already protect a variety of iconic buildings such as San Francisco’s iconic Transamerica Pyramid and government office buildings. They’re already partly in use at San Francisco International Airport, and officials are planning to install them at Oakland International Airport and in new and remodeled terminals at Mineta San Jose International Airport as well.

The often decoratively embellished posts reportedly kept attackers from ramming the crowded Glasgow terminal, and their usefulness is well-known in security circles.

At Glasgow last week:

An off duty policeman sprays water at a burning bomber (Dr. Khalid Ahmed) who tried to ignite explosives at Glasgow Airport – note the bollards.

Flap says install them. Assume the worst……..it certainly saved the folks in Glasgow.


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UK Terror Watch: Dr Bilal Abdullah Charged in Glasgow Car Bombings

Posted Posted in Al Qaeda, Glasgow, Global War on Terror, London, Terrorists, United Kingdom

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Dr. Bilal Abdulla arrested at the Glasgow Airport bombing

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Dr. Bilal Talal Abdul Samad Abdulla, an Iraqi from Baghdad who arrived in the UK in April 2006.  Dr. Bilal Abdulla has been transferred to Paddington Green high-security prison in London as the investigation continues

Man charged with London and Glasgow bomb plots

Iraqi doctor Bilal Abdullah tonight became the first person to be charged over the London and Glasgow car bomb attacks.

Abdullah, who was arrested after a flaming Jeep was driven into the doors of the arrivals hall of Glasgow Airport on Saturday, will appear before magistrates in Westminster, central London, tomorrow.

He was charged tonight with conspiring to cause explosions, Scotland Yard said.

Abdullah, 27, was working as a doctor at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley, Scotland, before his arrest.

He was transferred to London’s Paddington Green police station for questioning before being charged tonight on advice from the Crown Prosecution Service.

Two trainee doctors, aged 25 and 28, arrested at the same hospital, are among a total of seven people to have been arrested in the UK over the plot.

Send him away for a life term.

He and his Al Qaeda cohorts will wish they would have chosen self-detonation rather than cell phone remote detonation after their Muslim friends get a hold of them in a British prison.

Didn’t they want to martyr themselves?

Nah, probably not

The CPS said Abdullah was being charged under 1883 Explosive Substances Act.

The charge, which covers a period from January 1 to July 1 this year, alleges that he “unlawfully and maliciously conspired with others to cause explosions of a nature likely to endanger life or cause serious injury to property in the United Kingdom”.

It carries a maximum sentence of life.

Abdullah wont last that long……

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