Friday, March 27, 2009
To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer
Welfare For Jihadists?
The Obama Administration is the “gift that just keeps on giving.” National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair, speaking about those prisoners at Guantanamo Bay (GITMO) who are likely to be released in the United States under new policies adopted by Obama, pointed out that the prisoners would have to get some sort of welfare to help them start their new lives in the good old US of A. Director Blair apparently thought about this quite a lot and concluded, “We can’t put them out on the street.”
It must be very hard for our enemies to fully understand American liberals. Try to put yourself in their shoes for a moment:
First, you are captured on the battlefield where you are trying to kill U.S. soldiers. Then you are imprisoned at GITMO and immediately provided expert medical attention and better nutrition than ever before. Soon lawyers from some of Washington’s most prestigious law firms offer to represent you free of charge.
Then a president is elected who went to a “church” for 20 years whose pastor loved to shout “God D— America” from the pulpit. Finally, you are told that the president intends to release you inside the country you dream will be destroyed some day, and the Director of National Intelligence wants you to be paid a stipend by those dreadful infidel taxpayers so that you can adjust to your new life. And just last week, that same president was floating the idea of taking away some health benefits from the soldiers who captured you!
While I ponder the meaning of all this tonight, I intend to stop by Arlington National Cemetery for a reality check.
Terror On The Border
In past reports, we have documented the terror on the U.S./Mexican border – 8,000 deaths in the past two years and hundreds of beheadings in a vicious war being waged by brutal drug lords. It is spilling over into American communities, and the Obama Administration is dragging its feet in responding. Today’s Washington Times should prod them considerably.
The Times interviewed Michael Braun, a former assistant administrator and chief of operations at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), in its shocking front-page report today. According to Braun, the Iranian-backed terrorist group Hezbollah is working hand-in-hand with Mexican drug smugglers. For now, Hezbollah is using drug money to help finance terror operations in the Middle East.
But, Braun warns, “They [Hezbollah and the drug lords] work together. They rely on the same facilitators. One way or another, they are all connected. They’ll leverage those relationships to their benefit, to smuggle contraband and humans into the U.S.; in fact, they already are.” Today, it’s drugs and money. Tomorrow, terrorists and bombs.
As I have often stated in the past, border security is homeland security. Neither should be a partisan issue, left/right issue, Republican/Democrat issue. Terrorists don’t ask to check voter ID cards before committing their atrocities. Unfortunately, there is a very stark contrast between the two parties on both issues, and, today, liberal Democrats have total control in Washington.
It’s not often conservatives can celebrate a victory in Washington these days, but we won one today. There are reports that the Democrat Senatorial Campaign Committee, after being thoroughly shamed and embarrassed, has relented and will be donating the $100,000 it received from Bernie Madoff to a victims’ trust. In previous reports we noted that Madoff was a major donor to the Democrats – giving 88% of his personal campaign contributions to Democrats, while 89% of the contributions from employees at his company went to Democrats.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to call the Democrat Senatorial Campaign Committee as we requested Wednesday. Your action made the difference!
Another week has gone by and another Obama nominee has withdrawn his name from consideration for public service. Jonathan Cannon, nominated to be deputy director of the EPA, bowed out of the process this week after questions arose about America’s Clean Water Foundation. Cannon had served on the foundation’s board, but the foundation shut down after a 2007 EPA audit charged it with gross mismanagement of taxpayer funds.
The foundation received a $25 million grant from the EPA to study environmental risks at meat processing plants. But, according to the Los Angeles Times, “EPA auditors questioned the foundation’s accounting for almost all that money and alluded to allegations of embezzlement.”
Whoever is responsible for vetting President Obama’s nominees needs to withdraw!
We’ve had a busy and productive week making the case for our values in the media! On Monday, Politico featured an op-ed I had written about our misguided policies at GITMO. Today, we have a double-feature!
Townhall.com posted a column I wrote about the mainstream media’s “willful blindness” as to the root cause of so much of the violence and terrorism around the world. It’s evident when Ted Turner calls Al Qaeda in Iraq “patriots” and when Chris Matthews accuses pro-lifers of being terrorists.
And, in my weekly Human Events column, I offer some more thoughts on the audacity of the radical environmentalist movement. Whenever there is a crisis, real and imaginary, the Left’s instinct always is to presume that people are the problem.
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