Continuing Season 4 of the Obama Soap Opera.
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The question is not rhetorical. The MEK members still in Iraq, who may number as many as 3,000, have been relocated in Iraq to Camp Liberty. But they are still vulnerable to attack and — as the MEK fears most — to deportation to Iran where they will be imprisoned or murdered. We may not have a strict legal responsibility for their safety, but having declared them “protected” under the Geneva Convention, we have at least a moral responsibility to ensure their safety. That we have not done. As a result, we may be responsible for their eventual massacre.
While all this is going on, wars both large and small are brewing around the world. The Chinese and Japanese dispute the Senkaku Islands off Okinawa, under which are enormous oil and gas reserves. Japan is about to declare clear ownership of the islands, and the Chinese have signaled that war may result if it does. While we sit mute, that dispute could erupt in fighting all too soon. If it does, that war would briefly overshadow the coming war between Israel and Iran.
But it won’t overshadow the coming release of about one-third of the terrorists now confined at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The Obama administration is reportedly about to announce the release to Yemen of about 55 of Gitmo’s inmates, coming closer to Obama’s goal of closing the facility. Will this make us safer? Will Yemen confine these men or release them as so many others have been released once transferred to their native countries?
That question is answered definitively by the recent attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya in which Ambassador Stevens and three others were killed. Sufyan Ben Qumu, a leader of the al Qaeda connected Ansar al-Sharia terrorist group, is suspected to have been the planner of that attack. He was a prisoner at Gitmo until he was released to Libya in 2007.
I am confident in predicting that none of these issues will be part of the campaign debate this week or at all before Election Day. Instead, we’ll probably be hearing about Mitt Romney’s tax returns or Joe Biden’s remark that cheerleaders are the best of collegiate athletes. On Saturday, Biden said “They are amazing. You think I’m joking. You think I’m joking. They’re almost all gymnasts. The stuff they do on hardwood, it absolutely blows my mind, thinking, you know, they’re up there without a net. You know?” Yes, Joe. We know.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?