A few things that have caught my attention recently:
Revenge of the Nerds, or Into The Mouths of Babes. Maybe kids know a lot more than we give them credit for. But why are they sick all of the time?
Terrorism Crackdowns: (Yessss!)
Uzbekistan - police storm terrorist HQ, and the terrorists commit martyrdom, er, suicide
And this amazing quote from Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the alleged 'mastermind' behind the 9/11 attacks (and possible separated-at-birth twin for porn star Ron Jeremy). During his interrogations, he revealed some amazing information. Read the whole story.
"The original plan was for a two-pronged attack with five targets on the East Coast of America and five on the West Coast," he told interrogators, according to the transcript. "We talked about hitting California as it was America's richest state, and [al Qaeda leader Osama] bin Laden had talked about economic targets." He is reported to have said that bin Laden, who like Mohammed had studied engineering, vetoed simultaneous coast-to-coast attacks, arguing that "it would be too difficult to synchronize." Mohammed then decided to conduct two waves of attacks, hitting the East Coast first and following up with a second series of attacks. "Osama had said the second wave should focus on the West Coast," he reportedly said. But the terrorists seem to have been surprised by the strength of the American reaction to the September 11 attacks. "Afterwards, we never got time to catch our breath, we were immediately on the run," Mohammed is quoted as saying.
Is he lying? Could be, but I think that this illustrates just how effective our current pursuit of terrorists has been. It's pretty hard to commit large-scale acts of terrorism when you've got Rangers breathing down your neck, your hideouts have been bombed back into the stone age, and you are on the run 24 hours a day.
A shocking and pitiful story on the stupidity of United Nations bureaucracy, which kept the flight recorder from a 1994 plane crash locked up in a filing cabinet for ten years. This plane crash is believed to be the catalyst for the genocidal atrocities in Rwanda, which left 600,000 innocent people murdered. Kofi Annan's explanation? "It sounds like a foul-up. A first-class foul-up." So, the murder of over half a million people because of your agency's incompetence and stupidity is a "foul-up." (This was first reported on Drudge Report a few weeks ago, and as usual, was not picked up by any of the UN-ass-kissing mainstream leftist media.)
And serious people want to turn the security of this nation over to these idiots? God help us all.
Douglas Adams, prophet - "It was on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying 'Beware of the Leopard.'" - from The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy.
A superb Tech Central Station column by Melana Zyla Vickers which illustrates how the 9/11 hearings will ultimately damage the Democrats. As the hearings clearly have illustrated, the Clinton administration made a number of serious errors in dealing with terrorists. Vickers enumerates five:
Unwillingness to use force to retaliate against terrorism or pre-empt attacks.
Inaction in the face of legal obstacles
Animus toward the intelligence community
Fear of unpopularity in the court of domestic and foreign public opinion
Failure to improve the effectiveness of bilateral relations with Arab states and Pakistan.
The article contains superb detailed accounts of each of these five disastrous policies. Read the whole thing, print it out, and nail your lefty friends with it.
What everyone should understand is this: the Clinton administration treated terrorism as a law enforcement issue. And we were far more concerned with legal due process and faux "constitutional rights" for terrorists even though they have none of these rights because they are foreign nationals and enemy combatants. So we avoided "accusing" them of anything or making any real threats against them that might make us look mean. We avoided retaliatory attacks that would actually kill a large number of terrorists. We shied completely away from pre-emptive attacks because we might make a mistake, or worse, we might make somebody really mad at us.
I suppose no one thought this one out - If you have a group of sucidal/homicidal maniacs out there who hate us supremely and will not rest until all of us are either dead or conquered, how in the hell can anything we do possibly make them hate us more?
And this is what's really scary - as horriffic a failure as the "law enforcement" strategy was, there is a Presidential candidate who wants to re-establish it as the primary mode (along with appeasement and diplomacy) of combatting terrorism.
But let's not forget this one other damning fact - Bill Clinton was a complete idiot as far as military matters were concerned. Not only did he loathe the military, he was completely clueless about how the military operates, how they plan strategies and objectives, and how to use different elements of the military (special ops forces, air support, ground troops, etc.) to carry out a military operation. He was also the most casualty-adverse president in the history of this country. Of course nobody wants 1,000 body bags piling up at Andrews AFB every month, but Clinton flatly refused any military action that might involve soldiers on the ground getting shot and killed. Anti-war fruitloops may call that 'common sense,' but in the real world, it plays as nothing but pure cowardice.
On more than one occasion, Osama Bin Laden cited America's cut-and-run strategy in Somalia (a Richard Clarke policy, by the way) and the lack of response to other Al Qaeda attacks as a sign that America was a weak nation, a paper tiger, a frightened society that ran every time it saw the blood of its warriors spilled.
But I suppose the most sickening reason that motivated Clinton was saving his own legacy. In Clinton's mind, the logic probably went something like this - terrorist strike...people angry...retaliation...operation goes bad (e.g. Iran hostage rescue)...people angry at me now...approval ratings plummet...I'm seen as a bigger failure than Carter - No! Can't do it. Must save legacy. Must save legacy!
The bottom line on all of this is that the American people know who occupied the White House for eight years before 9/11, and no amount of spin or political posturing or finger pointing is going to change the fact that the Clinton Administration completely dropped the ball when it came to fighting terrorism.