To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer
Al Qaeda Says “Thank You!”
Reasonable people can disagree about America’s military intervention in Libya, and polls show the country is divided on the subject. But while people of good will in the West debate the effects that the uprisings in the Middle East will have on America, it is instructive to take into account the views of our enemies as well.
Consider the latest edition of Al Qaeda’s propaganda magazineInspire. Under the headline “The Tsunami of Change,” radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, Al Qaeda’s second-in-command, Ayman Al-Zawahiri, and other Islamic extremists, extoll the uprisings — aided by the West — as tremendous opportunities for Islamofascists.
Al-Awlaki writes: “Our mujahideen brothers in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and the rest of the Muslim world will get a chance to breathe again after three decades of suffocation. … For the scholars and activists of Egypt to be able to speak again freely, it would represent a great leap forward for the mujahideen.” By “scholars and activists of Egypt,” al-Awlaki means the extremists in the Muslim Brotherhood, which was banned under the Mubarak regime.
Al-Zawahiri writes about some “characteristics” for achieving short and long-term goals after the protests. Of course, jihad is a key characteristic. Consider the following excerpt:
“The third characteristic: force must be an element in change… whether this force will be put into practice in the form of a military coup, or in the form of a mass popular uprising or mass public disobedience … or in the form of guerilla warfare, or in the form of armed political resistance, or in other forms. Whatever its form, method and means, force remains a necessary element for bringing about change…”
Of the revolutions sweeping the Middle East, Inspire’s editor, Yahya Ibrahim, writes, “We are very optimistic and have great expectations of what is to come.” As today’s Washington Times notes, “The al Qaeda leadership hasn’t been this excited since Sept. 10, 2001.”
Tea Party In D.C.
Tea Party activists came to Capitol Hill today for a “Continuing Revolution” rally to pressure Congress to make deeper cuts in the budget. Unfortunately, the weather didn’t cooperate. It’s been a cold, dreary day. I hope the Tea Party activists had more success inside Capitol Hill than outside.
I’m glad the Tea Party came to town. It’s always good to have pressure from the right to counterbalance the left. But I hope these activists spent most of their time lobbying Senate Democrats. I will keep saying this until I am blue in the face: The problem in Washington is not House Republicans.
As Rep. Mike Pence told the crowd, House Republicans passed a bill to repeal ObamaCare. They defunded Planned Parenthood. They passed a budget that cut $60 billion in spending. Then they ran head-long into Harry Reid and the Democrat Senate, which killed each item. If we can’t get them to agree to $60 billion in cuts, how are we supposed to get them to agree to $100 billion or more in cuts?
I also encourage Tea Party activists to carry signs with messages about jobs, not just spending cuts. As fiscal conservatives, we understand the danger posed by the federal deficit. But the average guy on Main Street is more concerned about his family’s deficit. He needs a job. He needs policies that will grow the economy and expand opportunities for his family. Conservatives need to speak to the concerns of average Americans, but that is hard to do effectively when you speak like accountants.
Defund Planned Parenthood
There are lots of places in the federal budget where politicians can make cuts. At the top of the list should be Planned Parenthood. Dr. Alveda King and I have an op-ed today atFoxNews.com making the case for defunding the nation’s largest abortion business.
Planned Parenthood is getting desperate as it tries to keep your tax dollars flowing. Recently, Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood’s CEO, claimed that if it lost federal funding, many women would go without basic services like mammograms. There’s just one problem: most Planned Parenthood centers don’t provide mammograms. But don’t take my word for it. Watch thisvideo, which exposes Planned Parenthood’s deception.
Obama Bundlers Get Big Benefits
AnABC News investigative report last night asked whether stimulus funds for so-called “green energy” projects were directed to some of Obama’s biggest campaign donors. For example, in 2009 President Obama visited a solar panel manufacturing plant in California to announce the government’s backing of a $535 million loan for the company. The company said it could create 1,000 new “green energy” jobs with stimulus money. But a year later, the plant was shut down and nearly 200 workers were laid off.
As it turns out, one of the investors in the solar company was a major Obama fundraiser who “bundled” — raised campaign contributions from other people — between $50,000 and $100,000 for Obama’s 2008 campaign.
Then there is Steve Westly. Westly, a venture capitalist who previously worked in the Carter Administration, bundled more than $500,000 for Obama’s campaign. According to the Center of Public Integrity, “Since June 2009, four companies in [Westly’s] venture firm’s portfolio have received more than half a billion dollars in loans, grants or stimulus money from the Obama Energy Department.” Last year, Obama appointed Westly to an Energy Department advisory panel.
There is also John Doerr, a Democrat mega-donor whose investment firm is a major backer of the electric car company Fisker Automotive. In February 2009, Obama appointed Doerr to his Economic Recovery board. Fisker Automotive secured a Department of Energy loan for $528 million in September of that year.USA Today reports that the Fisker Karma will start at $95,900, but will be eligible for a $7,500 tax credit.
This is what happens when big government tries to pick winners and losers. Ultimately, the taxpayers are the biggest losers. Thankfully, House Republicans are investigating how stimulus grants were awarded.
Last month, the Government Accountability Office issued a report that was highly critical of loans made by the Department of Energy. The department’s inspector general told Congress this month that he has “64 open investigations” regarding stimulus funding.