Monday, March 28, 2005

Reckless Disregard

I've been reading Lt. Col. Robert Patterson's book Reckless Disregard: How Liberal Democrats Undercut Our Military, Endanger Our Soldiers, and Jeopordize Our Security. It contains loads of astonishing personal accounts and facts and figures that carefully outline the left's continuing struggle against our military and intelligence systems. Col. Patterson was an Air Force pilot whose experience as President Clinton's "nuclear football" carrier allowed him to write another excellent book: Dereliction of Duty: The Eyewitness Account of How Bill Clinton Endangered America's Long-Term National Security.
Read both books -- and prepare to be shocked.


At 7:36 PM, Blogger SinaMoravej said...

well i dont see how doubling the counterterrorism budget is dangering our national security? Yet barely acting when america is under attack isn't? can you explain it to me?

At 3:18 AM, Blogger Republican Dan said...

I'll explain national security if you explain your comment -- who are you accusing of "barely acting"?

At 1:24 PM, Blogger Another Bleeding Heart Liberal said...

Maybe he was referring to the August 6th memo that warned Osama Bin Laden wanted to use, among other things, airplanes to attack the United States.

But I think he might have something else in mind.

At 5:15 PM, Blogger SinaMoravej said...

well it was bush who couldv'e prevented the 9/11 attacks. he barely acted

At 10:41 AM, Blogger Republican Dan said...

I think it is only fair to mention the Bill Clinton was also aware that terrorists were planning to use airliners to attack the US. Furthermore, during the Clinton administration (as reported in Dereliction of Duty) the US military had Bin Laden ringed in and could have killed him with a missile strike. Despite the author of the above book asking Clinton several times for a decision on whether to launch the missiles or not, Clinton was having to much fun at the golf-club fundraiser to even make a decision one way or the other.
Nevertheless I don't think it's fair to say that either President is responsible for the attacks (though Clinton carelessly passes up at least two chances to kill or capture Bin Laden). The important thing is that we have not had an attack since 9/11, because of Bush's inauguration of the War on terror -- we kicked the Taliban out of Afgahnistan. Despite the many smaller-scale terrorist attacks during the Clinton administration, there was no response. Under Clinton we cut and ran when we were attacked. He failed to pursue the bombers of the USS Cole. He never considered actually destroying the Taliban -- maybe he knew that that would be Bush's job.

At 2:37 PM, Blogger Another Bleeding Heart Liberal said...

How do you or I know that the author is a legitamate source and not just another partisan?

No response? Here is something that I found on a popular urban-legends-debunking website,

"* On 26 February 1993, a car loaded with 1,200 pounds of explosives blew up in a parking garage under the World Trade Center, killing six people and injuring about a thousand others. The blast did not, as its planners intended, bring down the towers — that was finally accomplished by flying two hijacked airliners into the twin towers on the morning of 11 September 2001.

Four followers of the Egyptian cleric Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman were captured, convicted of the World Trade Center bombing in March 1994, and sentenced to 240 years in prison each. The purported mastermind of the plot, Ramzi Ahmed Yousef, was captured in 1995, convicted of the bombing in November 1997, and also sentenced to 240 years in prison. One additional suspect fled the U.S. and is believed to be living in Baghdad.

* On 13 November 1995, a bomb was set off in a van parked in front of an American-run military training center in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh, killing five Americans and two Indians. Saudi Arabian authorities arrested four Saudi nationals whom they claim confessed to the bombings, but U.S. officials were denied permission to see or question the suspects before they were convicted and beheaded in May 1996.

* On 25 June 1996, a booby-trapped truck loaded with 5,000 pounds of explosives was exploded outside the Khobar Towers apartment complex which housed United States military personnel in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, killing nineteen Americans and wounding about three hundred others. Once again, the U.S. investigation was hampered by the refusal of Saudi officials to allow the FBI to question suspects.

On 21 June 2001, just before the American statute of limitations would have expired, a federal grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia, indicted thirteen Saudis and an unidentified Lebanese chemist for the Khobar Towers bombing. The suspects remain in Saudi custody, beyond the reach of the American justice system. (Saudi Arabia has no extradition treaty with the U.S.)

* On 7 August 1998, powerful car bombs exploded minutes apart outside the United States embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, killing 224 people and wounding about 5,000 others. Four participants with ties to Osama bin Laden were captured, convicted in U.S. federal court, and sentenced to life in prison without parole in October 2001. Fourteen other suspects indicted in the case remain at large, and three more are fighting extradition in London.

* On 12 October 2000, two suicide bombers detonated an explosives-laden skiff next to the USS Cole while it was refueling in Aden, Yemen, blasting a hole in the ship that killed 17 sailors and injured 37 others. No suspects have yet been arrested or indicted. The investigation has been hampered by the refusal of Yemini officials to allow FBI agents access to Yemeni nationals and other suspects in custody in Yemen.

(The USS Cole bombing occurred one month before the 2000 presidential election, so even under the best of circumstances it was unlikely that the investigation could have been completed before the end of President Clinton's term of office three months later.)"

Clinton's alleged "failures" at fighting terror don't make it okay to completely ignore that memo.

Speaking of "Inauguration," I am sure that you know that Bush took out 11 million dollars from the counter-terrorism budget to pay for his inaugural party, on the very same day that the Republicans pushed a bill through Congress that said in the unlikely event that all the members of Congress are murdered, the President is allowed to take absolute control. But, I'm sure there's a logical, heart-warming, culture-of-life explanation behind that one, too.

At 12:47 AM, Blogger Alec Brandon said...

You should go read a book that will actually increase your intelligence, I will provide a short list:
1. Plato, namely Plato's Republic
2. Any Machiavelli, but stick to Discourse, much better then The Prince
3. All Homer

These are real works that impart something called knowledge and understanding that that partisan dribble doesn't even pretend to copy, as liberals at least pretend to do.

Or at least read something that attempts to address modern political issues from an objective standpoint, ie they are not partisan hacks with an agenda. Go read any Fareed Zakaria or perhaps Noah Feldman, who are both young scholars with extremely interesting perspectives on issues in the Middle East right now.

But for god sakes, maybe if you read just one of my suggestions your blog would stop being a "Republican" blog and one that actually attempts to deal with issues from the perspective of what ought to be done, not, "Republicans feel this way and that way, oh and liberals are dangerous."

-Mr. Alec

At 2:50 PM, Blogger Republican Dan said...

Sorry about the delay in my reply, I've been away for the weekend.
Dear Bleeding Heart Liberal, don't you find it interesting that all the attacks you mention occoured during the Clinton Administration? Do you feel he should take responsibility for 1) Failure to prevent them 2) Weakening the Intelligence Agencies designed to protect us from these attacks 3) Failure to activily hunt down those responsible? By the way, the author of the book mentioned in my comment above was not only a witness to the events he described, but a distinguished Air Force pilot with many combat tours of duty -- I would be carefull before discourteously questioning his honor and integrity.
Dear Mr. Alec, If you are going to read Plato you should read the Apology. My blog is not interested in what Republicans "feel" -- your "quote" sounds like something a lib would say.

At 7:15 PM, Blogger Another Bleeding Heart Liberal said...

Yes, I did notice that they took place under Clinton. However, he did not receive a memo for each one over a month in advance warning of each one. Nor did specific agencies under his control receive 52 warning about each attack. But, he did go after the perpetrators of each one, if you actually read my lst comment in its entirety. And last, he did not put the "well-being" of the people of a foreign country ahead of the safety of the people of his own.

At 1:18 PM, Blogger Alec Brandon said...

Socrates' Apology is good, but very light Plato. Very accessible nonetheless.

-Mr. Alec

At 4:33 AM, Blogger Jamie said...


I just got here from Powerline and I commend you on being a voice crying out in the wilderness, so to speak.

I confess to a good deal of confusion about what point another-bleeding-heart was trying to make by pointing out the several terrorist attacks on Americans that occurred prior to 9/11. Should Clinton not have taken decisive ACTION - rather than REaction - after the first? No later than after the second? He didn't get a memo before each attack - instead he got multiple attacks. Did he have a problem with short-term memory loss?

A scant month or six weeks after 9/11, Bush was mobilizing our military to go after the perpetrators. Would he have done so for a smaller "event," such as the original WTC bombing? No way to tell, but given his behavior since then, I'm going to say chances are good. Certainly he risked his political life by continuing to prosecute the war with determination and confidence all through the 2004 election season. He appears, by his actions rather than his oratory, to be a president more concerned with his nation's well-being than with his own "legacy."

I'm not ordinarily so vitriolic about Clinton, a nobody-president who might someday warrant a one-liner in the history books (which is not to say that's all he'll get, but it's all he'll warrant). His comments comparing Pope John Paul II's legacy to his own, and noting that both are "mixed," really ticked me off. Delusions of grandeur...

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