Monday, November 3, 2008

Guantanimo? Never Mind......

Now that the Democrats feel comfortable that Obama will win the election, the world looks different to them.

Despite having attempted for the past seven years to take down George Bush's Presidency over the "inhumane" and "unjust" treatment accorded prisoners in the Abu Grahib-like facility in Guantanamo, the NY Times front-page story ran a bit different.  And the Wall Street Journal has called them on it.

In their 1,600-word dispatch "Next President Will Face Test on Detainees," reporters William Glaberson and Margot Williams discover that, gee whiz, many of the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay really are dangerous terrorists. The Times reviewed "thousands of pages" of evidence that the government has so far made public and concludes that perhaps the reality is more complicated than the critics claim.
Lo and behold, detainees are implicated in such terror attacks as the 1998 embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania and the 2000 attack on the USS Cole. Those with "serious terrorism credentials" include al Qaeda operatives Abu Zubaydah, Ramzi bin al-Shibh and the so-called "Dirty 30," Osama bin Laden's cadre of bodyguards. The Times didn't mention Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the architect of 9/11, though he's awaiting a war-crimes tribunal at Gitmo too.
Both Barack Obama and John McCain have pledged to put Guantanamo out of business, but, as the Times explains, "the review of the government's public files underscores the challenges of fulfilling that promise. The next president will have to contend with sobering intelligence claims against many of the remaining detainees." Now they tell us.
For example, at least 60 detainees have been cleared for release or transfer but no other countries will accept them. If Gitmo is no longer a prison, some U.S. facility would have to house the remaining men while they await habeas hearings and trials. Yet no politician has offered up his state or district as an alternative -- and none will. Further: If military commissions are cashiered altogether, how will prosecutors protect classified information and intelligence sources and methods in open civilian criminal court?
We guess it's easier for Mr. Bush's many opponents to admit all of this now that he's about to leave office. Perhaps the painstaking work of the Administration and Congress to establish a legal architecture for handling enemy combatants and to balance competing wartime priorities will look better when the political temperature is lower. After a few harrowing threat briefings, maybe the new Commander in Chief won't rush to undo Mr. Bush's programs.
You can bet that there will be many more such reversals in perspective on almost every major issue that the Left harangued the Bush Administration on.   Like Annie, they're all singing:

The sun'll come out 
Bet your bottom dollar 
That tomorrow
There'll be sun!

Just thinkin' about
Clears away the cobwebs,
And the sorrow
'Til there's none!

The sun'll come out
So ya gotta hang on
'Til tomorrow
Come what may
Tomorrow! Tomorrow!
I love ya Tomorrow!
You're always
A day
A way! 

Obama Has Links to ANOTHER '60s Radical

"Birds of a feather flock together"
Our parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, and all who came before them knew that there was significant practical truth and wisdom in that old saying. They witnessed it. That's why they all used it to warn their children down through the ages. Now we have Barack Obama, who seems to have a strong and obvious affinity for dangerous social radicals, and has steeped himself for over twenty years in the political muck of the Chicago political machine. Does this tell us anything about him? I think that it does.

Let's see....we now have a list of his associates that includes Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers, Bernandine Dohrn, Michael Klonsky, Rashid Khalidi, Franklin Marshall Davis, and now Marilyn Katz!

Marilyn Katz speaks out in Lincoln Park in August 1968
Thanks to we now know that another student radical from the 1960s — Marilyn Katz — is actually on Obama’s fund raising team.
Katz, listed as a fundraising “bundler” on his Web site, has hosted fundraisers for the candidate, and attended the Democratic Convention as part of the Illinois delegation. But during the violent protests of the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Katz was the security chief for the radical Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), which spawned Ayers and the Weather Underground.
During those protests, Katz advocated throwing studded nails in front of police cars, the Chicago Tribune reported.
In 1969, an undercover policeman named William Frapolly testified at the “Chicago Seven” trials, and prosecutors asked him to describe his collaboration with organizers of the protest the previous year.
He testified that one night in Chicago’s Lincoln Park, Katz briefed a group of protesters on the use of “guerilla nails.”
“She had two types,” he told the court.
“One was a cluster of nails that were sharpened at both ends, and they were fastened in the center. It looked like they were welded or soldered. She said these were good for throwing or putting underneath tires.
“She showed another set that was the same type of nails sharpened at both ends, but they were put through a Styrofoam cylinder.”
A prosecutor asked, “To whom was she showing these objects?”
Frapolly answered, “Everyone in the group.”
Katz was a principal organizer of the October 2002 anti-war demonstration in Chicago where Obama first expressed his opposition to the looming Iraq war.
In 2005, she co-authored the book “Stopping War, Seeking Justice” along with longtime Marxist and Obama supporter Carl Davidson.
Now she is co-chair of Chicagoans Against War & Injustice, and her public relations firm is working on contracts with the city of Chicago worth millions of dollars. She lists as her clients the city’s housing authority, law department, and departments of housing, human services, streets and sanitation, and public health, among others.
As for her relationship with Ayers, who admitted helping to bomb the U.S. Capitol and the Pentagon in the 1970s, the Tribune reported that she has said, “Bill and I were in different parts of SDS. We disagreed on tactics.”
Guy Benson wrote on about Obama’s Katz connection: “There are so many objectionable figures in Obama’s social milieu, new revelations about yet another garden variety radical may elicit shrugs at this point . . .
“Perhaps it follows that someone who preferred lobbing guerilla nails at police over planting pipe bombs in federal buildings would be integrated into Obama’s official campaign apparatus without so much as a second look.”

Yet again, another unrepentant radical.  Here's an interview from May, 2008.

Knowing what you know now, what might you have done differently? 
Katz Nothing!
James Well, we never got the police car over.
[Everyone laughs.]
Kurshan As a woman, I would have fought harder and stronger to have my voice be heard earlier.
Rose I cannot look back at ’68 and say we made a tactical mistake or something I should have known to do differently. It didn’t turn out exactly the way I wanted, but I can’t say it was due to a mistake on our part.

Facts About Katz and Barack Obama
Marilyn Katz Introduced Obama To An "Activist Network" In Chicago. (Jo Becker and Christopher Drew, "Pragmatic Politics, Forged On The South Side," The New York Times, 5/11/08)
Katz, Along With Her Friend Betty Lu Saltzman, Organized The September 2002 Demonstration Against The Iraq War That Featured Obama. (Michael Crowley, "Cinderella Story," The New Republic, 2/27/08)
  • Katz Describes The Event As A "Coming-Out For Obama As A Public Speaker." (Alec MacGillis, "Finding Political Strength In The Power Of Words," The Washington Post, 2/26/08)
Katz Has Defended Obama Against Charges That He Has Moderated His Position Since Joining The United States Senate.(Lynn Sweet, "After Cautious, Bipartisan Year, Obama Opens New Chapter," Chicago Sun-Times, 1/22/06)
Katz Donations and Bundling for Barack Obama
Katz Is A Bundler For Obama’s Presidential Campaign And Has Committed To Raising $50,000 To $100,000. (Obama For America Website,, Accessed 5/13/08)
  • Katz Has Held Fundraisers For Obama In Her Home. (Jo Becker and Christopher Drew, "Pragmatic Politics, Forged On The South Side," The New York Times, 5/11/08)
Katz Is A Member Of Obama’s National Finance Committee.(Shia Kapos, "Social Split," Crain’s Chicago Business, 2/25/08)
Katz Has Contributed At Least $2,064 To Obama’s Presidential Campaign. (CQ Money Line Website,, Accessed 6/25/08)

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