Video: White House Blames Gitmo For Terrorism Throughout the World

In other embarrassing news, today, the White House Press Secretary, as justification for Obama’s policy of releasing terrorists,  blamed Gitmo for the rise of Islamic terror throughout the world.

Closing Gitmo is one of the last things Americans think this administration should be doing to fight terror – especially in light of recent events. But the Obama administration is adamant.

“The prison at Guantanamo Bay continues to inspire violent acts around the globe,” Josh Earnest told reporters at the Daily Briefing, Thursday. “We know that this continues to be an active source of inspiration and recruitment for terrorists. So, this is a very difficult policy problem that has  only been made more difficult by members of the United States Senate who have thrown up obstacles to the presidents’s effort to try to close the prison.”

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In other words, it’s all Bush’s fault (as if terrorists were not inspired to attack the United States on any number of occasions prior to the establishment of Gitmo in 2002.)

We used to laugh when we’d hear smelly, basement dwelling creeps from Daily Kos or Democrat Underground make this argument. But now, of course, the left wing lunacy is coming from the *”leader of the free world” and it’s no longer a laughing matter because our national security is at stake.

Earth to Obama: It’s the Islamists’ IDEOLOGY that inspires violent Jihadism throughout the world. It is not Bush’s fault. It is not Gitmo’s fault. It is not America’s fault.

But of course, this administration refuses to put the two words “Islamic” and “Terror” together in a sentence. It’s easier to blame terror on something we did.

Anyway, good luck fighting Islamic terrorism while refusing to admit there’s such a thing as Islamic terrorism. We can see the fruits of your brilliant “strategy” spreading throughout the Middle East and Northern Africa.

*We used to call any American President “the leader of the free world.” But in all honesty, that moniker no longer applies, hence the sneer quotes.

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This has nothing whatsoever to do with Islam. But it does appear to be an example of “violent extremism.”

Ace: Saudi Arabia Gives Blogger One Week Respite So That His Whipping Wounds Can Heal; Saudi Arabia Decapitates Woman In the Middle of the Street in Mecca

Someone from the Obama administration really needs to travel to Saudi Arabia and explain true Islam to them because they’re doing it wrong.

Awkward and Mortifying: Lurch In Paris

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How badly did the Obama administration fumble this week? So bad that the always awkward Lurch was dispatched to France to set things “right.” God help us.

Awkward doesn’t even begin to describe this, via The Daily Mail: He gave France a hug… and a kiss… and a VERY awkward rendition of ‘You’ve Got a Friend’: Grovelling Kerry cuddles up to Hollande and even flies in James Taylor to make up for terror march snub:

A grovelling John Kerry hugged and kissed French president Francois Hollande in a show of contrition after nobody important from the White House joined a solidarity march in the wake of the terror attack on Paris.

The Secretary of State even brought back-up for his visit in the form of singer James Taylor, who patched up the United States’s oldest diplomatic relationship with a rendition of ‘You’ve got a friend’.

Arriving at the presidential Elysée Palace, Kerry reached out his hands for Hollande, embraced him closely, then appeared to kiss him on the cheek.

Could this administration be any more mortifying?

Reactions from aghast Twitter users were swift.

 

The Council Has Spoken!! Our Watcher’s Council Results

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The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast, and the results are in for this week’s Watcher’s Council match up.

“I am not afraid of retaliation. I have no kids, no wife, no car, no mortgage. It surely is a bit dramatic but I’d rather die on my feet, than live on my knees” – Stephane (Charb) Charbonnier, editorial director of Charlie Hebdo.

“They might have different names… but all of them are driven by the same hatred and blood-thirsty fanaticism. And all of them seek to destroy our freedoms and impose on all of us a violent, medieval tyranny. This is a global struggle. This is everybody’s battle… And the first rule in fighting terrorism is to refuse to be afraid. The people of Israel embrace the people of France as brothers and sisters. We understand we are in a common battle for our values and a common battle for future and we refuse to be intimidated.” – Israeli PM Benyamin Netanyahu

“This attack must instead free our speech about Islamic fundamentalism. We must not be silenced.– Marine Le Pen, Leader of France’s Front National Party

“In the past year, 7,000 Jews have already left France and after this there will be many thousands more. We are not safe in France any more. There is no future for Jews here in France. We are finished in France.” -Anonymous father of a Jewish survivor of the kosher supermarket killings

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This week’s winning essay, Jihad,Islam and The French Farce In Paris is my reaction to the events last week in Paris. Here’s a slice:

By now the world knows about the latest atrocity carried out in Paris by jihad terrorists. The wholesale murder of the staff of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo including its editor ‘Charb,’ Stephane Charbonnier. The murders at the magazine, the shooting of a female police officer, a car bomb exploding at a local synagogue, a gunman invading a kosher supermarket filled with women and children and killing four shoppers and wounding a number of others..these have all been covered by the media and digested by the world at large.

For a couple of days, this made headlines, but by now the world has processed it. And it is last week’s news,because to really focus on it would mean we’d have to actually do something about it.

Beslan, 9/11, Boston, Bali, Mumbai, London, Itamar, Jerusalem, Nairobi, Fort Hood, Sydney, a never ending list..and those are just the ones we notice,because they’re either in the West, or involve the murder of Westerners. The ones that don’t barely rate a mention. In Nigeria last week for instance, Boko Haram, who have already pledged their support and allegiance to Islamic State attacked the city of Baga, near Lake Chad. The known death toll from that one attack alone is over 2,000. And it may go higher, once the final figures come in.

Chant with me, why don’t you..’black lives matter!’ Except when they’re murdered by Muslim terrorists.

I wonder if it has occurred to many of us how much our society has normalized terrorism committed by Islamist fascists? The limitations to our freedoms we’ve already accepted without complaint? The millions in additional tax dollars we’re forced to spend? The handcuffs we’ve put on ourselves and the forces we enlist to protect us because we’re unwilling to be honest?

We have become acclimated to accepting Islamist terrorism as the norm, as business as usual. We’ve been doing it for so long it barely moves us, let alone raises the revulsion and the resolve to stop it, the normal reaction. Instead, we hide behind inane rhetoric, insipid and cowardly rationalizations and yes, hash tags.

If we were really all Charlie Hebdo, or Theo Van Gogh, or Ayaan Hirsi Ali, or Molly Norris, or Kurt Westergaard, or Drummer Lee Rigby, or Daniel Pearl or the Fogel Family, this would have ended long ago, because we would have risen up en masse to demand that the political class do something to stop this once and for all.

We haven’t. We simply ingest the latest atrocity and continue to sleepwalk. After a few words from our sponsor, of course. And the usual ‘Muslims fear backlash’ stories, although somehow that backlash never seems to occur.

A case in point is the recent ‘Unity rally’ in Paris. No one, of course, would dare call it a rally against Islamist fascism, a rally against ‘radical Islam’ or even a rally against terrorism. No, it was all about unity, with signs saying ‘Je suis Charlie’ and flags and forty world leaders marching together in the streets of Paris. Nice, until you look behind the facade.

Among the participants was the Emir of Qatar which openly funds terrorism. Also at the rally was Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu, who country has more journalists in jail than any other NATO member for what’s labeled as ‘un-Turkish sentiments’, whose Islamist government is a haven for Hamas. It is also the country where at least one of the killers, Hayat Boumeddiene was allowed to enter France freely via a ticket from Istanbul to Spain and the country from which she was allowed to escape back to Syria.

And of course, Palestine’s unelected Dictator Mahmoud Abbas was there too. Yes, Abbas, the Holocaust denier with his history of terrorism as Arafat’s second in command, Abbas who is allied with the genocidal Hamas in a unity government. Interesting how that came about.

Israeli PM Benyamin Netanyahu had wanted to show up in Paris to take part as one of the world leaders involved. You would think he’d be a natural participant, given Israel’s history of combating Islamist terrorism, and especially since about a third of the victims of the attacks were Jews.

But the Israeli PM was told outright by the French government that he was persona non grata and unwelcome, since his presence was deemed ‘divisive’ and would ‘make having the rally difficult.’

After mulling it over for a day, Netanyahu simply told the French he was coming anyway. My sources differ on whether Abbas had already been expressly invited (the Palestinian Authority insists he was, and a private meeting between Abbas and Holland scheduled the next day seems to bear this out) or whether he was invited simply out of spite towards Netanyahu,but the fact remains that the leader of a democracy with a free press and an admirable record fighting exactly the forces responsible for last weeks’ carnage was insulted and initially shunned while nations that finance and support terrorism and rigidly repress any criticism were courted and invited.

Much more at the link. I guarantee you won’t be bored.

In our non-Council category, the winner was Andrew McCarthy with Don’t Blame the Charlie Hebdo Mass Murder on ‘Extremism’ submitted by Joshuapundit.

With his usual merciless logic, the former prosecutor shreds the Leftist pretense that what happened in Paris has nothing to do with Islam and is just ‘extremism.’ A worthy read.

Here are this week’s full results:

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

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Holder on Defensive: “Our Record of Support for Law Enforcement Has Been Strong and Unambiguous (Video)

Speaking at a Justice Department event honoring Martin Luther King Jr. on Thursday, Attorney General Eric Holder said  he was  “troubled and deeply disturbed by recent mischaracterizations” of the Obama administration’s regard for police officers. The comments came in the wake of a scathing open letter to Holder from a retired FBI agent that went viral.

“For the past six years, our record of support for law enforcement has been both strong and unambiguous,” Holder intoned.

The fact that the top law enforcement officer of the United States felt the need to get in front of a microphone and insist that he has been a big supporter of law enforcement – tells you all you need to know about how “unambiguous” that support has been.

Shannon Bream, filling in for Megyn Kelly, Thursday night, had former DOJ Civil Rights Attorney J Christian Adams on to discuss the letter, and Holder’s bristling response.

“This attorney general, contrary to what he said, today, has done more to put police officers in danger than any other attorney general though his policies, through his priorities, through his rhetoric,” Adams said. “He’s put officers in danger by opposing what officers try to do. This letter details a lot of the harm that this attorney general has done, and it’s coming from a former FBI agent who worked with the Justice Department on a lot of high profile civil rights cases.”

Adams continued blasting Holder; “this justice department has opposed the cops in so many ways, we don’t have the time to cover it,” he said. “They’ve imposed sensitivity training on police officers to be conducted by radical anti-cop groups and the tax payers are paying for it. They want to collect data on police officers, impose federal will on local police departments. The record is not something he can gloss over in one speech at Main Justice this afternoon.”

As regards to the always controversial Al Sharpton, Adams said, “this is not good company to keep for a person who believes in the rule of law.”

He added, “this is a person who should not be within a hundred miles of this White House, but he seems to have an open invitation both to the 5th floor of the Justice Department and to the Oval Office.”

I recommend you skip the next segment as Bream had on a black pastor to talk about his solutions for “healing the racial divide.” The solutions include “economic development” programs, police reforms and educational reforms. In other words – stuff that won’t make a damn bit of difference because the problems are not ones that government can solve.