US defends right to pursue threats, no matter the country
September 16th, 2011
05:05 PM ET

US defends right to pursue threats, no matter the country

By Jennifer Rizzo in CambrIdge, MA and Adam Levine in Washington

The United States reserves the right to pursue terrorists unilaterally in other countries, White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan said Friday night in a speech at Harvard Law School.

"The United States does not view our authority to use military force against al Qaeda as being restricted solely to 'hot' battlefields like Afghanistan.  We reserve the right to take unilateral action if or when other governments are unwilling or unable to take the necessary actions themselves," Brennan told a conference on "Law, Security & Liberty After 9/11: Looking to the Future."

"That does not mean we can use military force whenever we want, wherever we want. International legal principles, including respect for a state's sovereignty and the laws of war, impose important constraints on our ability to act unilaterally - and on the way in which we can use force - in foreign territories."

The U.S. intelligence and military communities have used various means to go after terrorists, both in cooperation with countries and, in certain circumstances, unilaterally. The U.S. Joint Special Operations Command is increasingly active in Somalia and Yemen, U.S. officials tell CNN.U.S. officials have said they will target Yemen-American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki if they locate him. In May, the U.S.-born radical cleric based in Yemen survived an American drone assault after he switched vehicles. At the time, a U.S. defense official told CNN the strike was carried out by the American military.

Former CIA Director Leon Panetta discussed the U.S. approach to counterterrorism in the two countries during testimony in June at the hearing for his nomination to be secretary of defense. Panetta said then that the CIA needed to develop its strategy for dealing with threats that extend beyond Pakistan.

"Our approach has been to develop operations in each of these areas that will contain al Qaeda and go after them so that they have no place to escape," he said, citing Yemen and Somalia as examples.

Regarding al Qaeda in North Africa, U.S. officials were working with the Spanish and French "to develop approaches there that will contain them as well," he said.

The New York Times reported Friday that the administration's legal team is split over the lengths the United States can go in pursuit of alleged terrorists in Yemen and Somalia. The debate focuses on whether such pursuit should occur only in cases where high-level leaders have been directly linked to alleged plots to attack the United States or "whether it may also attack the thousands of low-level foot soldiers focused on parochial concerns: controlling the essentially ungoverned lands near the Gulf of Aden, which separates the countries."

Brennan said he was disappointed in the article, which he thought over-hyped the debate within the administration.

"It made it sound as though my goodness the administration is split on this issue. There's this great fight going on," Brennan said. "What we have now within the U.S. government at the insistence of the president and others is that type of discourse among the lawyers. That we want to make sure that we hear all the different views and perspectives. That provides us a good sense of what those legal parameters are within which we can work".

Regardless of the opinions voiced, Brennan said he has never been in a situation where legal interpretation prevented the U.S. from acting in the best interest of the country.

In the case of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, operating in Yemen and terrorist group Al-Shabaab operating in Somalia, Brennan said there is no question the U.S. has the right to go after the groups. Whether the threat comes from a low level suicide bomber or a high ranking member of the group makes no difference, he said.

"Sometimes those threats are because somebody's at the operational command, the equivalent of a bin Laden or somebody else who is orchestrating that, engineering it, preparing materials, thinking about the plans. There are the individuals, the operatives, the facilitators, who are carrying them out, the suicide bombers. So you have people in all different parts of the network, both in AQAP and as well as in Al-Shabbab," Brennan said.

"And consistent to what I was saying here, our interpretation of the law is that it allows us and we feel obligated to take actions to mitigate those threats that these terrorist groups and these individuals who are associated with al Qaeda pose to us".

The U.S. interpretation of what constitutes an "imminent" threat is now being recognized by our allies, Brennan said.

An important shift in opinion he said as "the effectiveness of our counterterrorism activities depends on the assistance and cooperation of our allies.

In a resolute fashion, Brennan also fortified other administration policies, saying the thoughts of some that the U.S. would rather kill than capture suspected terrorists is "absurd".

"I want to be very clear–whenever it is possible to capture a suspected terrorist, it is the unqualified preference of the administration to take custody of that individual so we can obtain information that is vital to the safety and security of the American people," Brennan said.

CNN's Jennifer Rizzo contributed to this report

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  5. Jussi Hellsten

    I wonder if this right is equal to all nations or something only USA has.

    September 20, 2011 at 8:20 am | Reply
  6. Peter

    Building 7 proves 9-11 was a hoax. The uneducated will not research this, they will blindly repeat what they are told happened. Even the September 11th Commission couldn't explain why the building collapsed on itself for no reason.

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    September 17, 2011 at 11:15 pm | Reply
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  8. Anonymous

    This crap that he speaks can start HUGE wars. The US is not the World Police.

    September 17, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Reply
    • jdizzle1337

      But like the police, what the US Intel and Armed Forces will do is use excessive force and radical interpretations of International Law only against those that are too weak to do anything about it; e.g. countries that have limited or no economic ties and no air forces or advanced air defense.

      September 17, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Reply
    • USAID

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      September 17, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Reply
  9. cooldude

    This seems to be the same policy as GW Bush. Nothing has changed. Different president but same policy.

    September 17, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Reply
    • a

      no GW was smarter and obama can't fix stuff

      September 17, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Reply


    More from Michael Coren of Sun News Canada concerning 911 and its aftermath.

    Another excellent evaluation on Islam from Michael Coren of Canadian Sun News. This man puts O'Reilly to Shame and even Glenn Beck on the issue of Islam.

    September 17, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Reply
  11. Sam

    good luck if US wants to go anywhere in search of terrorists. 9/11 is still unsolved. 2 planes brought down north, south WTC 3,4 & 7? most American public may be idiots. but not all. the powers outside wanted to teach a lesson. but statement like this only shows that the arrogant idiots WILL NOT LEARN. at least not now. as a human being, exercise your human freedom you are born with. don't wait for these idiots and their rhetoric to keep you safe. care for your fellow man no matter who he is and how he looks.....Karma is the only defense. when you go to bed at night, you only have your conscience to answer to.

    September 17, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Reply
    • edge229

      Yea, and Nixon killed Kennedy. Take your delusional crap somewhere else.

      September 17, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Reply
    • Death From Above

      conscience to answer to. Yes, and...maybe a drone...for some.

      September 17, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Reply
    • Jonathen

      So how exactly does this work. America attacks it's own country, plants bombs on the bottom of both towers, gets caught on tape saying they "pulled" their buildings which is demolition talk meaning "bring the buildings down", then removes all the black boxes to cover things up.

      Now they say they are reserving the right to pursue terrorists based on the 9/11 attacks? What do they plan to do?? Pursue their own administration? Not much of a pursuit when they are sitting right beside you..

      September 17, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Reply
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        September 17, 2011 at 8:21 pm |
  12. B17

    Why do we need to defend what is clearly our right to do? That is, among other things, to protect and defend this country from all enemies foreign and domestic. Why do need to explain something so basic and so essential to our survival? But the Obama administration gives it shot anyway. At first I am impressed by the words of the WH spokesman, 'we reserve the right to take unilateral action' against terrorists. But then he takes it right away, this 'does not mean we can use military force whenever and wherever we want'. I say why the hell not! Last time I checked the meaning of unilateral it means we alone can act.

    September 17, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Reply
    • Josh

      .. because attacking anyone and everyone that the GOVERNMENT percieves as a threat is the most reckless thing a nation can do. That let's ALL the other nations know that if they're willing to make shows of force in front of everyone, all the other countries can make shows of force against us. Together. Don't forget that 12 mangy hyenas can take down a lion. Nazi Germany pretty much said the same s–t as you just did.

      September 17, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Reply
    • DAVida

      you people are so arrogant.. wht if another country said they would do the same to the US . most countries consider blackwater and other companes as terrorists. our time as superman is gone and we have to admit it

      September 17, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Reply
      • Ayman al-Zawahiri

        Do you have an apartment that I can rent?

        September 17, 2011 at 9:10 pm |
    • Josh

      LOL Ayman. No i don't but the FBI and CIA can help you. They helped you before they can do it again.

      September 18, 2011 at 12:18 am | Reply
  13. Islam is hatred

    I love this article. Its one of the best things I have ever read. CAN YOU READ THIS TERRORISTS? WE CAN GO AFTER YOU ANYWHERE, IN ANY COUNTRY 🙂

    September 17, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Reply
    • Josh

      Nevermind it has implications for domestic targets, you simp. It's a slippery slope and the expression of your idealism is throwing anyone who doesn't agree with the government in jail. You're just accepting a greater form of terrorism over the illusion of another.

      September 17, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Reply
  14. Josh

    The Milky Way Galaxy is 100,000 light years in diameter, 13.2 billion years old, and contains 200 to 400 billions of stars, all of which could or could not have alien sentient life on it. This galaxy is just one of 170 billion in the observable universe. But shooting each other over organic mud to power cars is important too.

    September 17, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Reply
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      I am impressed with your copy and paste skill.

      September 17, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Reply
      • IdahoTom

        Tim, just because you cannot construct a sentence that includes common sense information of the known structure of our Universe, doesn't mean that someone else copy and pasted it. I advice you first graduate high-school and major in science when you move onto a higher education, then come back and re-post.

        September 17, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
      • Tim

        Obviously you don't even know the definition of common sense, Tommy.

        September 17, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
      • Tim

        Tom, I suggest you take some remedial English classes to brush up some skills you obviously lost, or possibly never had.

        September 17, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
    • T

      @Tim<~~~and what makes you think he used copy and paste? just because you could not write that you think noone can?

      September 17, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Reply
      • Tim

        two words,

        September 17, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
    • Tim

      Angry dorks, keep that aggression, you will need it.

      September 17, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Reply
      • Intervention

        Tim! Tim! Tim!

        Come down from your superiority complex so that I can slap you.

        September 17, 2011 at 7:26 pm |
  15. Jesus is Coming

    God is perusing His enemies through Jesus Christ! Forgiveness & salvation through the finished work on the Cross! But for those who reject & refuse that Gift on that great and final day He is Coming in Judgement. John 3:16-18

    September 17, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Reply
    • Josh

      ^^^^^Yup. Christian crusaders. Go ahead and keep saying "god bless america" you religious nut. I suppose ya'll have to keep repeating it to yourselves lest you forget. I mean gosh, you forget about everything else... what else do you mindless christian fascists even HAVE?

      September 17, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Reply
      • Josh

        you people talk this great game about evil deception when the greatest deception is that there's a god in the first place.

        September 17, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
      • Tim

        Josh, is it lonely there in your parents basement? Why so angry, little guy? Did the local priest give you too much attention..... Loser

        September 17, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
    • Tim

      Islam has christianity beat for sheer ignorance, hatred and fear.
      [5.33] The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His apostle and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement

      September 17, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Reply
      • Josh

        Right... and i suppose " sheer ignorance, hatred and fear" on Christian America's part is going to make them want to change?! STFU.

        September 17, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
      • Tim

        Western Society has a large population of secular people, as well as religions other than Christianity. Your ploy to blame Christians for everything is misguided, at best.

        September 17, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
      • Josh

        Did i say anything about blame? Just pointing out hypocrisy. Ever heard of "The Kill Team"? There is plenty of evidence for American terrorism and plenty of Christians who voted for Bush who, by the way, claimed he spoke to god. If either of us is in a basement, it's you.

        September 17, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
      • Tim

        I don't see any hypocrisy, btw, nice comeback with telling me that I am the one in the basement, LMAO. Very witty.

        September 17, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
    • Tim

      Regardless, I am glad I live in a free country where I can practice any religion I choose without fear of persecution, unlike 95% of Islamic sh1thole societies where oppression, ignorance and lack of education is the standard operating procedure.

      September 17, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Reply
  16. Josh

    You know what else? F–K Obama. He went to war with Libya without congressional approval and should be impeached. Gaddafi was talking about moving to a gold standard and the IMF and the central banks like the Federal Reserve can't have THAT... The first thing the CIA helped the rebels do was to set up their own central bank. Sounds to me like the U.S.'s first multi-ethnic president isn't doing so much for Africans.

    September 17, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Reply
    • jrobinson

      Hey, at least you're consistent – not like the rest of the anti-war Left.

      September 17, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Reply
    • Dub

      @Josh you're on point bro. I keep hearing the same thing about how the U.S. didn't want Qaddafi to move to the gold standard

      September 17, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Reply
    • Tim

      Muslim women like to do it oppressed.

      September 17, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Reply
      • Josh

        and we couldn't throw any christian troops under any buses for all the IEDs they're driving over.

        September 17, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  17. bailoutsos

    al Qaeda cells in Canada. Send in the drones. Oh wait, that country has white people.

    September 17, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Reply
    • jrobinson

      Wow, so you're an idiot AND a racist. Typical Leftist.

      September 17, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Reply
      • Josh

        Oh c'mon. You think if the alleged terrorists were white, we'd be at war with Europe or South Africa or Australia or something? It's simply easier to convince dumb white racist uhMURka to go to war with people who look and believe differently. When was the last time we fought other white people? OH YEAH. 70 YEARS AGO AND EVERY SINCE THE ENEMY HAPPENED TO BE ASIAN OR HAVE DARKER SKIN.

        September 17, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
      • m-theory

        No he's right. We only target individuals in countries where we can get away with it. Just try drones in Saudi Arabia... not gonna happen but plenty of terrorists there. Also, we do kill lots of civilians in drone strikes and we get away with it because the dead are usually poor and ethnic. It simply wouldn't happen in any anglo country.,,, we'd use rule of law instead.

        September 17, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
      • Tim

        Wow Josh, you have to be one of the stupidest people I have ever come across, thanks for the laughs, LMAO.

        September 17, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
    • austin

      guess what if canada had al queda cells they would try to get them out and the U.S. wouldnt have to get them out for them see countries that have a police force and not a corrupt government who supports terrorism wont have U.S. intervention but when pakistan keeps osama bin laden hidden America has to do something about a person that kills thousands of people because those countries dont give a crap about the U.S.

      September 17, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Reply
  18. Guest

    This is all good..but only issue is US objecting other countries doing the same thing to go after their terrorists. That's when US suddenly concerns about Human Rights etc. Hypocrisy.

    September 17, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Reply
    • Josh

      "Oh no! Saddam Hussein is killing Kurds with the weapons we sold them! Wait what? Turkey bombs Kurds too? Well they're our allies, hush up about that."

      September 17, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Reply
      • jrobinson

        Wow, you think you're being clever... but all you've really done is shown how little you understand about the complexities of the Turkey/Iraq/Kurdistan arrangement. You're like the kid who wanders into an adult conversation and wonders aloud how Santa is dealing with all of this and if Christmas will be delayed.

        September 17, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
      • Josh

        I see. When it's terrorists war is simple to understand and we should engage in it. But other times it's complex and should silence others if it makes us sound like hypocrites.

        September 17, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
      • jrobinson

        No, Josh. What I'm saying is you can't keep taking a bunch of half-truths, mostly lies, overcooked assumptions and roll them up into "the truth" – which you then use to divine everyone's intentions... just so you can sit back and play armchair general and validate your hatred. That's all.

        September 17, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
      • Josh

        Hey, you know ALL about that, don't you?

        September 17, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
  19. Josh

    9/11 was an inside job. War is a racket. Read your Smedley Butler. More people die of the common cold per year than terrorism. You neocons need to GTF over yourselves and just admit you're just religiously intolerant as/than Atheists of America. It's still abortion when you drop a bomb on a pregnant middle eastern woman and no matter how much you scream about it WTC 7 was never brought down by fire. The Pentagon had no wing damage on it, Rumsfeld openly stated money was missing the day before, and ground zero was never treated as a crime scene. The families of the victims of 9/11 are some of the people who question it. You people who think the government is protecting us couldn't be more wrong. The same thing happened with the Reichstag which helped Hitler and the Nazis gain power. You think you know history but you don't. History is one long parade of lies so old men can send young poor men off to war for their yachts and numerous million dollar homes and spoiled brats.

    September 17, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Reply
    • mr.magooooooo

      Say word!!!

      September 17, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Reply
    • lgny

      please adjust your tinfoil hat. There is no factually basis to support this nonsense.

      September 17, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Reply
      • Josh

        Tinfoil hats are simply more fashionable than the terrorist faith based agenda that fascist zealots buy into concerning the official story of 9/11.

        September 17, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
      • Tim

        Josh has too much time on his hands, he will be gone again on Monday when school starts.

        September 17, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
    • austin

      more people die by the common cold ok so when pretty much every other day a person gets shot a person gets blown up by a suicide bomber or a roadside bomb yeah so im leaning towards terrorism killing more people

      September 17, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Reply
  20. mr.magooooooo

    It's to hard for a republican to not think in generalizations. (lefties,right wing) Republicans will not be happy until they own it all and turn it into a theme park and put it on the stock market

    September 17, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Reply
    • jrobinson

      Funny, I was think how convenient it is for you Lefties to try and convince people "there are no labels". This allows your utterly unpopular and oppressive agenda to skate by without examination. People don't like the Left because it IS the Left – it's policies have always lead to the worst human disasters. Pretending that you aren't Left, that your policies aren't Left, and that the Left is just some figment of our collective imagination"... is just your cowardice at revealing your true intentions, and your attempt to make your extreme positions seem somehow mainstream.

      September 17, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Reply
      • mr.magooooooo

        once again with the generalizations. please keep proving my point. You think if we just keep using up everything something else will come along and you can sit back and consume as much as you want. Most likely you have no artistic ability, little understanding of struggle, and can't live a life without money. In fact if everything came crashing down, you would kill yourself because you can't go to the store and buy processed food that you shove down your face. Are you in your forties or fifties and overweight. Don't lie now. I can tell a idiot consumer when I hear generalizations come out of your mouth. Or am I being to general. Ya I am extreme. I don't agree to disagree with a republican. Your wrong. PERIOD!

        September 17, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
      • jrobinson

        "Most likely you have no artistic ability, little understanding of struggle, and can't live a life without money."

        Wrong on all points. I'm a designer, a musician, a writer. I used to own an independant record label. And I am poor because I just had to relocate from my blue state because of the lovely Obamaconomy, which destroyed my business of 15 years.

        "In fact if everything came crashing down, you would kill yourself because you can't go to the store and buy processed food that you shove down your face. Are you in your forties or fifties and overweight."

        Nope. Late 30s. Skinny as a twig. I do yoga twice a week, and am very healthy. (And, apparently, smarter than you.) Sorry to disappoint.

        Can't you see what you're doing? You're projecting onto me what you THINK a republican is. You exist in this little caricature world where all the rich people have top hats and sit on giant piles of money, laughing at you with their pencil mustaches with their buddies those EVIL republicans who just hate Obama because he's black. And Republicans must be eating at McDonalds all the time and not caring about health, because they just hate everyone and want everyone to die, including themselves.

        It's just a jumble of myths, lies, and cliches. It's demeaning, really, how you think of people on the Right, and reveals more about you, than I. Your cartoon reality is just a sad sad throwback. It's not only ignorant; its deliberately ignorant. Which makes it obtuse. You sir, are obtuse, and I refuse to speak to obtuse people. Good day.

        September 17, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  21. mr.magooooooo

    If you vote republican you are voting for the destruction of resources,native culture around world,polluted water,bad air. This will always cause people to defend what they know and came from. Then we label them terrorists. BRING HOME TROOPS. RECYCLE IN EVERY STATE. USE THE F@#^N SUN FOR ENERGY.

    September 17, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Reply
    • jrobinson

      Republicans don't destroy native cultures – Jefferson was a huge fan of them. It was a Democrat – Andrew Jackson – that rounded them up onto reservations. Republicans, also, do not destroy resources – they harvest and use them. Democrats keep us from using our resources, and instead give them to other people who then sell it back to us at twice the price and make us dependent on them.

      Republicans do not pollute the water or the air – you environmentalists fancy yourselves to be the "guardians of the Earth" (cue orchestra), but in reality, you're just Luddites with better shoes. You're not for cleaner air or water – you're for the rollback of the industrial age and the banishment of millions of people into abject poverty and squalor. All the socialist communist countries in the world have the worst environmental records – but that's what you seek.

      We are bringing home the troops – remember it was Bush that signed the status of forces agreement with Iraq. It's Obama that's leaving the troops over longer. And don't forget to take your ticket on the way out; if we pull out too soon and there's genocide after our exit (like after Vietnam), you need to take responsibility for that, too. What, you thought "peace" didn't have consequences, too?

      I'm a big fan of solar energy. I'm an even bigger fan of energy that WORKS. When solar energy is ready, you won't need to force it down out throats with govt subsidies and govt handicapping of other energy sources and govt mandates for purchase – it will just happen. What I really can't believe is that you'd make a stupid solar comment like that with the whole Solyndra crash going on. My God... get a clue, buy a vowel, do something. But put down the koolaid and the DNC pamphlets, they're rotting your brain.

      September 17, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Reply
      • mr.magooooooo

        Harvest the resources. You have to be kidding. Harvest the oil,diamonds,other peoples rain water,build logging roads that pollute water,build factories in other countries so we can get away with polluting the earth,kill the rain forest. Are you a troll or do you have a education in stupidity. Sounds like someone believes everything they see on fox news. You are the type of person that goes to ranches and tree farms and thinks there in the great outdoors. Capitalism kills a native culture and puts it in a museum. If it's not in a controlled enviroment you don't understand because generation after generation you have been told that you have the right to other peoples stuff. You believe you have the right because you have never been poor most likely and think that

        September 17, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
      • jrobinson

        Harvest the oil? Definitely.
        Harvest the diamonds? Well, I guess. Do we have diamonds in the US? You do realize that there is a need for diamonds – for things other than jewlery, right? Someone WILL have to harvest them.
        Harvest other peoples rain water? I'm not really sure how that's done. Care to provide a diagram of some kind? Is it like a giant bucket, or what?
        Build logging roads that pollute water? Well, my logging roads don't pollute water, do yours? And if we don't, then we import our wood from other countries who don't even care if their logging roads pollute. So, you'r choice – have us do it cleanly, or have someone else do it not so cleanly.

        You are the troll, buddy. You believe every leftist green talking point I've heard in the last 20 years. You're a walking cliche. You do realize that the rain forests are still there, right? I've heard my whole life how "millions of acres" are being destroyed every minute – well, according to the math, the rainforests should have disappeared over a decade ago. What happened?

        Capitalism is freedom. It doesn't kill things. You just have a problem with freedom, that's all. You should admit it, instead of spouting all this "capitalism kills" nonsense. Capitalism has doubled the life expectancy of humanity and provided average individuals a level of comfort and ability never seen on planet Earth. Yes, let's stop capitalism. Of course. What a tool.
        And this gem:
        "generation after generation you have been told that you have the right to other peoples stuff."

        Sorry, capitalists PAY people for their stuff. Socialists TAKE what they want. Like car companies. And banks. And trillions of dollars from citizens not yet born. If you are against capitalism, then all you want is to take other people's stuff. It's your lifeblood.

        "Anyone who wishes to deny men the right to property, simply wishes to make property of men" – Ayn Rand.

        That's you, baby.

        September 17, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
      • mr.magooooooo

        Arguing with Rush LImbaugh gets you know where. Are you copying his words down as we speak. You forgot to mention the forties or fifties part and being overweight. Now I know I am right. No pun intended

        September 17, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
      • Grow up

        Talking about Bush. Here is a interesting write-up about him.

        We all know he was not bright. As he has admitted, he did not find the presidency complex or difficult. He did what he felt was right regardless of the facts. He was not smart and wanted to prove to his daddy that he could do better so went after Saddam Hussein when it was the Talibans who had attacked the US.

        September 17, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
    • ConfucianScholar

      You are ignorant to hold such misinformed and misguided opinion and arrogant for so shamelessly voicing it even as you ridicule your self publicly and to the extreme.

      September 17, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Reply
  22. jrobinson

    The first thing every Lefty should ask notice: Wow, he sounds just like Bush. I was told by Obama that unilatteral stuff was bad.

    The second thing every Lefty should do is consider what this ultimately means:

    1) Maybe Bush was right, he wasn't behaving extremely, and Obama was unfair to disagree with him so publicly. And now that Obama's in charge, he's in a better position to understand the choices that have to be made, and is making the same ones. He just hasn't bothered to apologize to Bush or explain it to all of you... in fact, he seems to be hoping you won't notice.

    2) Maybe Bush wasn't right, and Obama isn't right either. Which means that Obama is not only as power-mad as Bush, he will deliberately lie to you about Bush abusing power, only to get the same power.

    So which is it, Lefties? Is Bush right or is Obama wrong? Because those are the only two options you have left at this point.

    September 17, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Reply
    • agathokles

      You're over-simplifying. Bush was not 100% wrong. Bush was right to go after terrorists on foreign soil with drones and Special Ops. And Obama, recognizing that was right, has stepped up such operations. But Bush was horribly wrong to have invaded Iraq and (to a lesser extent) Afghanistan. The former shouldn't have been invaded at all (a strengthened Iranian hand and the economic demise of the USA are that result); the latter should have been invaded to overthrow the Taliban and wreak havoc - and then we should have been out of there by now. bin Laden is dead; Al Queda is in disarray; mission accomplished. So, agreeing with and adopting a few of Bush's policies does not mean endorsement of all of them. Bush did irreparable harm to our country - economically and otherwise.

      September 17, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Reply
      • jrobinson

        "agreeing with and adopting a few of Bush's policies"...

        Much more than a few. In fact, I'd be hard pressed to find a GWOT policy that Obama hasn't kept. Obama has not only NOT closed GITMO, he's started a whole new program of keeping suspects in International waters on makeshift prison ships for interrogation. Where's the Red Cross? It would appear that Obama's rhetoric has so poisoned the GITMO debate, that now he finds he has to continue the policy, and yet cant use GITMO... hence, the new prison ship idea.

        Iraq had active ties with over 300 terror organizations. There was a laundry list of reasons Iraq had to go. What justifies Libya? Humanitarian reasons? Ghaddafi was a piker – he wasn't a tenth of the dictator Saddam was on any given day. Any justification you make for a Libyan action, only applies ten-fold to Iraq; so go to it.

        All of your contortions are being done simply to avoid giving Bush credit or penalizing Obama... so you keep trying to moderate the discussion somehow – when there is no middle ground on this. It's your BDS showing, really.

        I love watching Lefties wriggle on the hook.

        September 17, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
      • Grow up

        Mr Robinson:

        When you say Iraq has connections to 300 terrorist organizations and hence they had to go. Here is something to consider:
        – WMD was the excuse first. when no one found anything, it is the terrorist connections?
        – Saddman Hussain was evil. NO doubt. But who created him? Rumsfeld and team as a tool against Iran but it suited us then.

        Lets be real, the Iraq invsaion was about three things:
        – Dubya Bush wanted to show his daddy (bush Sr.) that he was better. He could do what Bush Sr. could not. That has been Dubya's problem all his life. Failure and he wanted daddy's attention and to prove that he was better. So he took actions without thinking
        – Oil interests
        – And this I am thinking is is possible is the war establishment supported it because it is in their interests to have a war – armament sales, power.

        September 17, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
    • SAM

      First of all, you're making a false dichotomy, as if only one or the other has to be right about this one thing.

      Secondly, you're confusing the righteousness of the doctrine ("The U.S. can pursue terrorists unilaterally") with the ABUSE of the doctrine.

      Notice that, even in this article, John Brennan explicitly said: "That does not mean we can use military force whenever we want, wherever we want. International legal principles, including respect for a state's sovereignty and the laws of war, impose important constraints on our ability to act unilaterally – and on the way in which we can use force – in foreign territories."

      The fact is, this is exactly what Bush did NOT do.

      International laws? He invaded Iraq without letting the U.N. inspections finish, with no U.N. support, and almost unanimous international disagreement. Then, when we invaded, we found NOTHING. We essentially bombed and raided someone else's house for no reason, and now we're stuck with having to renovate it.

      "Laws of war"? Two words: Abu Ghraib/Guantanamo Bay.

      And God knows what else other hidden skeletons.

      Iraq was totally unnecessary, and led to the neglect of Afghanistan, which caused spillage into Pakistan. Given Bush's resume, if he had been the one to discover Osama in Pakistan (BIG if), we might just be fighting in three countries right now.

      He abused the doctrine, and it has hurt us diplomatically, militarily, and economically. If you don't those simple facts an abuse of doctrine, I don't know what more I can say.

      September 17, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Reply
      • SAM

        Corrections: *what other skeletons / *don't call those simple

        September 17, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
  23. mr.magoooooooooooooo

    If you vote republican then you support terrorism

    September 17, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Reply
    • greg Kells

      Please explain that idiotic statement I'm curious to know how you came to that conclusion.

      September 17, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Reply
    • Mr. Obvious

      If it is printed under your name then it is a stupid idea.

      September 17, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Reply
    • Grow up

      how do you explain? wether republicans or democtrats.... this is pure ignorant hatred

      September 17, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Reply
  24. Amit-Atlanta-USA

    The one & only way the US can counter the our EXISTENTIAL THREAT from Islamists is by dividing PAKISTAN the Mother of all Islamic Terror and seize their ISLAMIC BOMB. Unless we do that, and limit Muslim migration into America/Europe there is no way this war on terror will ever end either in Af-Pak or right here on our shores.

    September 17, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Reply
    • Ray

      Non-white immigration, Muslim or not, into white nations constitutes an existential threat to the latter.

      September 17, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Reply
      • k

        Ray, I guess then you are a moron. America was never a white nation. It was taken by terrorizing and killing the natives who had actually helped the early immigrants.

        It is uneducated racists like you who are the problem to America.

        September 17, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
      • Ray is Racist

        Ray, America was never a white nation originally (and compared to the history it is a VERY young nation). It was taken by terrorizing and killing the natives who had actually helped the early immigrants. What the muslim terroists are doing is totally wrong but go look at the history Christians were no different – spanish inquisitions, the massacres of the native Americans, the kiings and the support given by CIA in rogue nations to bad administration to get their support. The monetary and military (F-16, etc) support America has given to Pakistan over the last 35 years.

        It is uneducated racists like you who are the problem to America.

        September 17, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
      • jrobinson

        I am tired of this "white man stole america from the helpless natives" BS. Every country on the face of the planet was "stolen" from its previous occupants. America is not unique in this sin; and it simply isn't fair to characterize it in that way. Which is really the point – it isn't fair, and people who bring it up, do so simply to smear the country. They fancy themselves to be intellects, but they're really just parrots that picked up a few curse words.

        September 17, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
      • Ray

        Did I specifically mention the US?

        It really wouldn't matter anyway, as the reality-challenged species known as the "anti-racist" won't even grant whites the right to majority status in their native European countries. Gotta atone for colonialism and all that, you know. Even Scandinavian counties that never occupied anyone. They're white, they're evil, and that's that.

        "Anti-racists" should just admit that they hate whites, and we can go from there.

        September 17, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
      • Grow up

        Ray, The problem is you are creating walls between white and non-whites. That will cause friction. If there is anything we have learned is that we want to bring those walls down so we can all live in harmony.

        September 17, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
      • Ray

        Nature has created those walls. She declares: "No, you can't all get along."

        Say f-ck you to nature, and nature responds in kind.

        September 17, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
    • Taha

      Its racist pigs like you who destroy the world with your stereotypes . Youre only preaching more hate by saying that and in doing so you will create chaos amongst Americans everywhere. It is inevitable to stop the flow immigrants.

      September 17, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Reply
      • Ray

        I can see the corrosive effects of non-white "stereotypes" in my own city. Crime, decay, failing schools, fiscal disaster.

        Yeah, I must be hallucinating.

        September 17, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
      • Grow up

        Ray, I understand what you are saying. Because the statistics point that way. But go back and see the reasons:

        – they were oppressed before.
        – Now, in this economy what matters is money. So they chase the money - acting, sports. In the process many of them don't leverage the free education adequately. Most don;t make it into the sports world and the cycle perpetuates. Many have improved.

        The crime you talk of is equally big and more henious as we have seen recently – the Madoff's and their like (white collar crime) have bilked millions and billions and while they may not be violent, their effect is worse as it has impacted millions. So some use knives and other have used sweet words but had more devastating effect on our society.

        September 17, 2011 at 7:24 pm |
      • Grow up

        Ray, also wanted to ask you. Are you not generalizing when you say the 'corrosive effect of non-whites" to mean that all the non-whites commit henious crimes?

        As a percentage I have hardly seen Koreans, Indians, Malaysians, Turkish commit crimes (I know we are mixing nationality and race).

        These are people I have generally educated and in the white collar jobs or small businesses.

        September 17, 2011 at 7:29 pm |
    • Adel

      we should start war in ignorance & stupidity too...

      September 17, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Reply
    • greg Kells

      Why would we divide Pakistan? We simply need to remove the partition that the Brits put in place and allow India to reclaim Pakistan. The fact that we aren't directly allied to India already is ridiculous. India has suffered more than anyone from terrorist attacks originating in Pakistan. Our allegiance to Pakistan is the only thing keeping India from reclaiming Pakistan as a province. Don't you think a strong secular ally in the region would be better than the backhanded one sided arrangement we have right now? As for immigration, it's easier to keep them from emigrating in the first place. If they didn't feel the need to flee their country, they wouldn't be knocking on everyone else's door. The same could be said for Mexico. If we helped them establish a functioning economy, they wouldn't come here and burden ours. We'd also have the added benefit of a beneficial trade partner next door. I'm not one for unlimited foreign aid, but if can be shown to be beneficial to our interest, there's a place for it. It's better than spending billions on an occupation.

      September 17, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Reply
      • jrobinson

        India can't really "reclaim" Pakistan... Pakistan fought a bloody civil war precisely to become a separate country based on Islam. They will never become a member of a modern, secular, free, society like the one that India is becoming... Islam simply is not compatible with that kind of arrangement.

        September 17, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
      • greg Kells

        Reclaim isn't really the appropriate term, since both nations were formed at the same time from the British partition of 1947. The point is that India has been constantly harassed since that partition, and have a right to defend against hostility from Pakistan (both state sponsored and independent). Pakistan would likely go into upheaval if India took them over, but I doubt that upheaval would be long lasting. The reason India is a secular government is because of the diversity of religious beliefs represented there. Pakistan would simply become a Muslim province that is no longer ruled by Islamic law. India has a much stronger military and police force, and plenty of room in jail for dissidents. The region needs a strong secular nation to take the lead, and it doesn't look like China is interested.

        September 17, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  25. vinny

    Get Some!!!! you attack us, we will hunt you down and bury you. No matter where you hide, no matter how many liberals cry foul. Leave us and our allies be and you will live. When imbeciles in the desert act up and pretend theyre still in some Middle Ages holy war, the drones will come. If you cant take it the heat then dont bring the drama

    September 17, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Reply
    • Bam bam

      And then you all come home with PTSD and cry cry cry ......... its hard to get the images of raping kids and killing mothers and fathers out of your mind eh? specially in another country

      September 17, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Reply
    • vinny

      Trust me cabbie, no one wants to rape your ninja costume wearing women. Keep eating up that prooganda they feed you guys over in your sandcastles. attack the U.S, and you get the drones! As long as theres goons plotting to blow up our civilians, we will take it to you. the U.S is the strongest military might the world has ever known. You stand no chance

      September 17, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Reply
      • Bam bam

        just goes to show your ignorance, there are more ninja wearing woman in your country than mine . and for your ignorance you military is so stretched and hopeless that no one fears you any more. Your loosing all your alies and china will soon own you!!! LMAO

        September 17, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
      • Chris

        Is that why Vinny that there have been more than 3,000 cases of report by U.S. Armed Forces in Iraq and Afghanistan? Is that why there are several U.S. Armed Forces members presently on trial for intentionally killing Iraqis and wearing their bones as medals around their necks?

        September 17, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  26. rik

    If only the Middle East would give up their 700 AD lifestyles and beliefs all of this nonsense would stop. Illiteracy breeds Islamic fanatics and Islamic fanatics are responsible for 98% of all terrorist activities at the present time.

    September 17, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Reply
    • Grow up

      I can see large portions of the middle east and poorer portions of the world have little exposure and need to move into the current century.

      But is it not relative? Look at the Appalachain region in our country? Look at some of our presidential hopefuls – they want to take America to the middle ages because it suits them. They are scaring and misleading our people. Look at the harted being taught in some of the churches (the one that wanted to burn a Koran). I bet if some of these so called leaders could get away with saying it, they would say the things they said by the perpetrators during the Spanish Inquisition.

      Civility survives when people have opportunity and hope. Look at the riots in UK and other civil nations- what do they tell you? these are young people who are jobless and have little hope. People do irrational things (particularly during mass hysteria or when they think they will be a number in a larger crowd) when they fear life or have less hope.

      September 17, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Reply
  27. LaCrosseWI

    So the US does have the right to act unilaterally. I'm no W fan but the anti-W crowd used to say we could only act multilaterally. Gitmo's still open for business. The same people running the Afghan War three years ago are running it today. The more things change, the more they stay the same, I guess.

    September 17, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Reply
  28. Bam bam

    The day will come you will meet your match, attacking these small helpless countries and terrorizing them, I'd like to see you invade in my area I would do the exact same as the taliban, I would fight the invaders!!!!!! STAY HOME USA

    September 17, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Reply
    • Sam I Am

      Would you fight with your purse?

      September 17, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Reply
      • Bam bam

        no I would defend my country from them raping my kids and killing my family, I would kill the sons of bitches whatever country their from

        September 17, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
    • greg Kells

      Fortunately for us the US has no interest in your mothers basement.

      September 17, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Reply
      • Tim


        September 17, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
    • ArGa66

      You bring the fight to us and we'll take the fight to you. In other words, 'You f@#k with us and we'll f@#k with you'.

      September 17, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Reply
      • greg Kells

        I didn't even know bumper stickers had internet access, let alone the ability to type.

        September 17, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
      • Bam bam

        Your just a bunch of puppets for your government, your day will come, and the fight will be brought to you but you will loose!! bunch of arrogant bastards, the next war you will loose, this is not even a war, its an invasion!!!!!!!!

        September 17, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
      • vinny

        come get some Bam bam!! We have a drone missile with your name on it! Stop blogging and fill er up regular on Pump 4.

        September 17, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
    • rik

      Yes it sucks to be the world policeman but someone has to do it. When we no longer can do it, China will step up and not only pursue these cowardly killers but invade your pIssy little countries and turn them into territories of China. We all know how China hates organized religions but they really are going to want to kill Islamic terrorists when they start their insane suicide bombings in China, which they inevitably are going to do.

      September 17, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Reply
    • RdWtNBlu

      We are coordinated properly, and basically on the same page, with all other formidible powers that exist. Eliminating the threat from you backwards people with your idiotic theocracies that provide absolutely no rights to you while you accept this as your gods instructions, is underway. The amount of your own blood that is spilled in the name of your unacceptable religeon based laws is an outcry that the powerful nations are trying to save you from as well as create a more peaceful world. Your poor women have no rights because your god wants it that way, how convenient. Reading the way you all carry out your 'legal' system is enough to make one vomit. We are trying to help, you all will fight it to the death, we will eventually open your eyes and peace will occur. The internet, FaceBook, etc. has made the world a much 'smaller' place and the backwards, heavy-handed leaders controlling their people are being eliminated. We are getting there and we can't be stopped because all of the 'normal' freedom seeking people with all of the power and control agree you idiots need help and we're helping. You stay in your cave and hope someone bigger stops us, but we will save your people and offer you freedom regardless. Have a good day Mohammad!

      September 17, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Reply
  29. Schmoog

    Do other countries also have the right to pursue their security needs unilaterally in the United States? Isn't that what Al Qaeda did on 9/11? I guess the US government has now officially validated their strategy.

    September 17, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Reply
    • Antisocialite

      Whether they have the "right" is irrelevant. The only thing that matters is whether they have the power.

      September 17, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Reply
      • greg Kells

        The right to act unilaterally inside a sovereign nations border is entirely relevant. There are dozens of nations that have well trained special ops forces that could easily come into the States and kill or capture US citizens. The SEAL team that killed Bin Laden took training from Israeli commandos. We have a good relationship with Israel now. Who is to say that will always be the case? Should we say the Russia, Israel, China, or any of the other nations that would be able, can cross our border and conduct military operations without our approval?

        September 17, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
      • Antisocialite

        Countries like Russia and China have a lot to lose were their military caught violating our borders–and they would very likely be caught sooner or later–because they would face military reprisal. You think that didn't occur to them during the cold war?

        Deterring other countries from aggressive action is the main reason the US has an overwhelming. Most of the time, it prevents you from ever having to fight.

        September 17, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
      • greg Kells

        Whether or not there would be consequences for their actions IS irrelevant. Of course there would be. The question is whether or not they have the same rights that we do. Do we believe that our strength makes us the final arbiter of justice, or gives us a set of rights that only apply to us? If we maintain that attitude, we encourage anti-American sentiment. China and Russia may never use that right against us, but if we assume that we have it, they can assume it applies to them as well. When China goes into India to extract or execute someone they declare a terrorist, we will have no right to challenge it.

        September 17, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
    • liza

      Good God, are you an idiot or just trying to get people to react?

      September 17, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Reply
  30. Mott the Hoople

    The arrogance of the United States will be our undoing. We can nuke civilian cities (Hiroshima, Nagasaki), killing hundreds of thousands, but a few terrorists take down a couple of skyscrapers (World Trade Center), well, all heck breaks lose.

    September 17, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Reply
    • Antisocialite

      I don't know about you, but I'm not inclined to commit suicide today to atone–assuming atonement is even necessary, for whatever the US has done in the past.

      September 17, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Reply
    • liza

      I really, really wish people like you, who hate your own country, would just leave. Those poor few terrorists trying to make a point by killing all those evil Americans, especially the children on their way to see their grandparents, yeah I feel so bad for them. Idiot.

      September 17, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Reply
    • vinny

      you are obviously not a U.S citizen. An attack on us and our civilians means military reprisal. If you cant take the fact that your hole in the wall country in the desert is outgunned, then simply do not bite off more than you can chew. the U.S military is the strongest might in the world. Provoke it at your own peril

      September 17, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Reply
      • armin

        so tell me. how far up is your head stuck in your @ss again? your ignorance breed hypocrisy.

        September 17, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
    • MathTeach1

      Killing civilians in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We didn't start that war and begin the policy of killing civilians. Japan did, just look up Nanking. They started butchering civilians before Nazi Germany did, and the butchered more. On top of that,those soldiers who did those things are considered heroes there. We didn't start targeting civilians, we just finished it.

      September 17, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Reply
      • Grow up

        Math Teacher1: With this logic of yours that America just reacted to the war started by Japan and that justified the Nuke bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Dissidents in Iraq could claim that Iraq never attacked America in 2001. It was the Talibans in Afghanistan who attacked the US. There are always individuals who are rogues and we have our share of such people who are mercenary's who have worked for money in Africa and several nations.

        So, now that US has attacked Iraq, does that justify them in attacking the US? Can these other nations where mercenary's who are US citizens have killed on behalf of dictators can claim the US atatcked them?

        I hope not. But such justifications and ignorant attitudes is what has created problems.

        September 17, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
      • Grow up

        Forgot to mention, we talk about freedom and justice.

        It was US who created the monster called Saddam Hussain (it was Rummsfeld and others who shook hands with him, gave him wepons to fight Iran). It was these same people who gave weapons to the Mujahedeens in Afghanistan and gave billions in wepons and aided Pakistan who they have known is islamist (and has attacked India a peaceful nation). And we continue to aid pakistan by giving them billions in aid which is training these Jihadists in Pakistan. These people have gone and bombed cities in India (and India has provided proof of that). Can India infer that US is supporting Pakistan and hence aiding and abbetting the bombing? Hope not.

        September 17, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  31. Kelsey

    So does this mean that other countries that believe some americans are terrorists, or perhaps have committed war crimes or crimes against humanity, can take unilateral action, even on US soil, to take them into custody? I would think so since we are saying that we can do so in other countries....unilaterally. Seems we are digging ourselves a deep hole from which we will never be able to climb out of.

    September 17, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Reply
  32. Capercorn

    The United States DOES NOT under any circumstances, have the right to send troops into other counties without the permission of the country, unless the United States seeks to declare war first.

    September 17, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Reply
    • greg Kells

      Absolutely correct. As usual our leaders ignore ethics, common sense, and laws to pursue their own interests. I firmly believe we need to root out all the terrorists that are currently plotting to harm the US, but we can't do that while creating anti-American sentiment. It will never resolve itself if we don't act to suppress those currently involved, AND quit encouraging more to join. Like it or not, they aren't attacking us because "they hate our freedom", that is the the most childish thing I've ever heard. They are attacking us because we arrogantly infringe on THEIR freedom.

      September 17, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Reply
  33. steve dawson

    dam terorists we need to put and end to them now.

    September 17, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Reply
  34. Brian

    Obama should watch his back, since the republicans consider him a terrorist... even when he vacations in the bahamas there could be a predator drone in firing range... heh

    September 17, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Reply
    • Jay

      @Brian.....that's a threat! smh....

      September 17, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Reply
  35. Rick1948

    What's to defend? We're going to do it – – they can't stop us. End of discussion.

    September 17, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Reply
    • Grow up

      You are a moron. Go look at history. Wars and vendettas in Europe and other nations that have been around lasted 100's of years when the people forgot what was the real reason. We do not want to have a image and sentiment that we are a bully and perpetuated killings.

      These islamists we are generalizing are passionate about their religion and are willing to die as suicide bombers as we have seen in Israel. Which means they do not need drones to kill.

      Look at the way of life in Israel. Constant checkpoints, ID's and personal freedom taken away for citizens becuase of fear. Is that what we want in America? You do not want to create more people against us (America) by being arrogant and perceived as the aggressor.

      Osama Bin Ladin successed in already changing our way of life as it was before 9/11. There is fear in US. We have lost some freedoms (since we are in war). We have spent 100's of billions on the war in the 10 years and as a nation our debt has ballooned and getting worse.

      September 17, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Reply
  36. Blogson

    Hypocricy again! The U.S. has a number of international terrorists as part of its own "Establishment" who have terrorised other countries – Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Pakistan, Somalia, and who knows where else apart from the instigators. Using the U.S.'s logic as presented in the article, the U.S. should begin cleaning the world of terrorists by cleaning its own house first. One person's terrorist is another person's patriot.

    September 17, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Reply
    • Tim

      Your obvious anti-American sentiment does not make your incoherent babbling any more credible. The cowards in the middle east who kill innocent civilians are not western, they are muslim extremists.

      September 17, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Reply
  37. Russ

    I am a progressive, but feel terrorists should not have sanctuary anywhere. They have to know that when they commit acts against the US, we will be relentless in tracking them down and they will pay the price with their lives.

    September 17, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Reply
    • greg Kells

      Why did you feel the need to reconcile progressive ideology and authoritarian ideology? They are the same thing. Of course a progressive feels that the government has the right to act unilaterally, your ideology gives the government virtually unlimited power. The most dictatorial, authoritarian states in history have been "progressive". As a conservative I disagree adamantly. One state does not have the right to launch attacks within another sovereign nations border without the consent of that nation, or a declaration of war against them. I personally feel we've been wrong about 90% of the military action we've taken since WWII, however most of it had some legitimacy. If we start telling other nations, "our interests trump your sovereignty" we are putting ourselves in a vulnerable position. Like it or not anti-US sentiment stems from our military interventionism, this just adds a new level of arrogance and oppression to their list of grievances.

      September 17, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Reply
  38. Freedom


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  39. sdjim

    On September 12th the entire world was behind the US. Bush/Cheney could have said that we don't care which country that the terrorists are hiding. We are coming to get them. But instead Bush/Cheney let Bin Laden escape Afghanistan and squandered the good will of the world by attacking Iraq (which never had terrorists). If Bush/Cheney/Rumsfield had any intelligience, instead of their tunnel vision, this whole mess wouldn't have been dumped on the Obama administration. I applaud his use of the Predator to go across borders to take out the cowards that think that they're safe.

    September 17, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Reply
    • mullah dadullah

      on 9/12 almost whole world thought:they finally got what they deserved

      September 17, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Reply
      • Mike

        And how was it deserved? Explain...

        September 17, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
      • Ranger49

        Yes, please explain that........never mind, I notice the name.....that answers it all. It appears you dont travel enough to know who really cared or who didnt. I will say this,,,,,,,I am sure a few of your relatives were involved.

        September 17, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
      • austin

        um im pretty sure the only people that thought America got what it deserved were by terrorist organizations and countries that hate us

        September 17, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
      • mullah dadullah

        here is the explanation:-in muslim world-israel,murdering palestinians,iraqis,egyptians,syrians,jordanians,whenever muslims were advancing to liberate palestine,american millitary would of the world:hamburg,jena,magdeburg,dresden,vietnam,korea,hiroshima,nagasaki,allende,lebanon,somalia,bosnia,occupations and stealing left and need more?

        September 17, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
      • erich2112x

        maybe you did, but the Iraians took to the streets with lit candles in support of the 9-11 victims.

        September 17, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
    • Ian

      You all so wrong , Can you go there in Afghan country, they are Act of War to kill you for a minutes, you need to understand of what happened long time ago...In 1993, President Bill Clinton was call U.S. Navy's submarine attack more then 10 times for cruise missile miss at terget sites , Bill Clinton, He a first person mess up till the Ben Linton run away at time they gone long time ago ... Before Bush had nothing to do at that happening in 9/11.... Hello , Everybody as stupin a fool they think as mess up ...

      September 17, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Reply
      • austin

        you need to go practice writing I cant understand one sentence

        September 17, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
    • cj

      That's a funny story, considering the Clinton administration failed to deal with bin Laden after the first WTC attack. Subsequent to that, the Clinton administration let all of the 9/11 hijackers into the US on their watch, even letting them go to flight school.

      September 17, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Reply
      • Ian

        That true.... But CIA have everything information to try get Clinton's Security of state , lady of "Rice." She all ready got information to Congress and Pesident Clinton .... But nothing more about it.....

        September 17, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
    • wayne

      You remember Hussien thumbing his nose at NATO? That and the bad intelligence that Iraq had WMD is the reason we went into Iraq after Iraq invaded Kuwait.

      September 17, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Reply
      • Grow up

        But Iraq had never attacked the US. wo how do we justify the attack on Iraq? Because Hussain was a bad man?

        the CIA has supported many bad regimes. Actually Hussain was created by the US – supported milatarily and financially in the US fight against Iran.

        September 17, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  40. ken

    Hopefully, there is a drone over Washington. The people of the US are losing their freedoms as Liberal Democrat Terrorist attack the nation!

    September 17, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Reply
  41. Juece

    Terrorist threats in countries half way around the world? C'mon son. Are u serious. What are they gonna swim and torpedo themselves onto beaches. These dudes don't have planes, and even if they did, North America has NORAD which has been 99.9% effective. The one and only "mishap" was 9/11 when Dick Cheney took it over command in June, 2001. Didn't know Cheney was an airforce general, hmmm. If the had subs or ships, our Navy, best in the world by the way would destroy them. There's no threat, and even if I were to believe in boogeyman Bin Ladin, 9/11 was nothing more than botched airplane security. There's 20 million violent crimes in America a year committed by other people in this country. What the hell is a terrorist gonna do that my country hasn't already done to me??? You got car bombs, we got Berne Madoff. They hate Jews, America hates minorities. They have al-queda, we have the Baltimore City Police dept. I don't see where terrorits can be a threat.

    September 17, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Reply
    • Mike


      The odds of you getting struck by lighting are pretty slim... do you still go out to the pool during a lightning storm? The odds of you contracting any number of rare diseases is just that: rare. Does that mean research should not be performed in order to cure or manage these diseases? The fact that you as an individual are not very likely to be killed by a terrorist does not diminish the threat to the nation as a whole. Wake up.

      September 17, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Reply
      • Ken

        You have a very good point!

        September 17, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
    • Tim

      You are so concerned about violent crimes, yet you criticize a police department and paint the portrait of the minorities commiting the majority of the violent crimes as victims, LMAO. Stop using race as an excuse to fail.

      September 17, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Reply
  42. Brad

    So our technological superiority gives us special rights on the world stage. If Iran launched drone attacks into the United States in pursuit of "terrorists"... we'd consider it an act of war. I guess we're special to the point there's no direct military consequences for our actions. It seems to me that our actions also fit some descriptions of terrorism.

    September 17, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Reply
    • austin

      if Iran said there was a terrorist in America the American government would just go get him and arrest him but in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and other countries would not do anything(just like osama bin laden, right next to a military base in Pakistan). so we have to use drones because those countries are just like screw the U.S. we are not going to go out and get a terrorist for them.

      September 17, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Reply
      • Grow up

        Osama Bin Laden was evil and I am glad he has been taken out. But lets see your logic:

        These terrorists are in another soverign nation. And you say the US has a right to take them out there because you believe there are some elements in that government are not taking the action US wants because they are sympatheic to the terrorists. Hence the US has a right to go into another soverign nation and take these terrorists out.

        Lets use this logic on another scenario: Pakistan as we all know and agree is a islamic state and has supported the Taliban (not all the people in Pakistan are bad, just that the adminsitration or a faction in the adminstration over the last 30" years has supported that). Yet Pakistan has been given billions in financial aid and weapons every year. because it suited the US. Yet, these same weapons and training has been used against India – wars AND worse, terroists attaks in India multiple times (attacking their cities and their parliament).

        By your logic, India can infer that since the US is helping Pakistan, US is supporting these attacks? God, hope not.

        September 17, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
    • Gral

      My thoughts exactly.

      September 17, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Reply
      • austin

        um Grow Up if some leader of a gang killed thousands of people and told people to go blow your self up and kill women, children, and innocent men and he was protected by the U.S., and then killed 3 thousand people in Pakistan or any other country im pretty sure pakistan would come and try to kill him no matter where he was. You go ask all the families who lost a loved one in the world trade center if he should just be able to live for what terrible things he did and continue to do that yeah im pretty sure he shouldnt be able to live whereever he is

        September 17, 2011 at 9:01 pm |
  43. Charles

    Disagreeing with what our government does sometimes doesn't mean we hate our country. It's OK to disagree with your government. It's not always right in what it does. I'm proud to be an American, but I don't follow our government in lockstep.

    September 17, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Reply
    • God Bless All of You

      It's all good. As long as you don't try to blow me up.

      September 17, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Reply
  44. us1776

    So when are we going to pursue the "financial terrorists" on Wall Street that crashed the financial system and put 10's of millions of people out of work, costing these workers their life savings, their homes?

    When are we going to pursue those terrorists?


    September 17, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Reply
    • us1776

      To put it in perspective, the "financial terrorists" on Wall Street did about a billion times more damage to America than all the other terrorists combined !!


      September 17, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Reply
  45. God Bless All of You

    I am just an average american and proud to be one. I just want to live in peace and provide for my family. I serverd and will always be in reserve to defend my country. Do I wish ill will on anyone? No. Do I want peace? Yes. Do you wish ill will on me just because I am american? Do you want peace? If not, then so be it. To the terrorists. See the picture above this article. That's what's coming for you. Just a matter of time. Not something I would want to have to worry about. God Bless!

    September 17, 2011 at 11:53 am | Reply
  46. Steven

    Go ahead, send a drone into Russia or China or a country that can actually defend itself. We are now advocating invading any country we want to. Our country's moral standards are dropping faster then our bombs.

    September 17, 2011 at 11:31 am | Reply
    • Aeromechanic

      Did you read the article? It actually said "That does not mean we can use military force whenever we want, wherever we want. International legal principles, including respect for a state's sovereignty and the laws of war, impose important constraints on our ability to act unilaterally – and on the way in which we can use force – in foreign territories."

      September 17, 2011 at 11:42 am | Reply
      • TheMeatFist

        Yeah not using military force whenever/wherever we want BECAUSE these idiots know they can't invade countries that WILL shoot back

        September 17, 2011 at 11:47 am |
      • Robert Gage

        Maybe that quote should be refined to:

        "We will only consider invading countries with substandard defense systems and large amounts of useful resources."

        September 17, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
    • HZ

      A country that actually can defend itself against the US is smart enough not to give the US a good reason to start a war with them since both sides will suffer loses. Small countries that sponsor terrorism are run by idiots.

      September 17, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Reply
  47. mullah dadullah

    pentagon-cia are de facto millitary junta that is rulling america and terrorizing small,weak and divided countries.only spineless american morons can call it freedom or democracy.american people are natural is not a sin to fight fascism.

    September 17, 2011 at 10:40 am | Reply
    • LOL

      Please go play in traffic.

      September 17, 2011 at 10:42 am | Reply
      • John

        The Drone is on it's way!

        September 17, 2011 at 11:01 am |
    • coriolana


      September 17, 2011 at 10:55 am | Reply
      • Me


        September 17, 2011 at 10:59 am |
    • Coach John

      they started it,

      September 17, 2011 at 10:57 am | Reply
    • Me

      And you are clueless...

      September 17, 2011 at 10:58 am | Reply
    • Robert

      Hope someone you know gets killed by a terrorist. We then see how you like it. Keep on supporting groups like Al-Quada, thier day will come to an end evenually. Hopefully they will get thier heads chopped off like they deserve to be. With a name like Mullah have you smelled too much camel manure that it has rotted what little brain cells you have?

      September 17, 2011 at 11:04 am | Reply
    • Mullah Fullah Bullah

      Can you give us your exact coordinates????

      September 17, 2011 at 11:10 am | Reply
    • Tewrobert

      We are coming to get you cowards, If you didnt run home and hide we wouldnt have to invade your country..
      Hide behind your mother sissy...YOUR the cowards of the world

      September 17, 2011 at 11:26 am | Reply
    • The Truth

      It's such a joke that these ignroant rats honestly believe we care THAT much... what happens to them is trivial but they're the least of our worries, where as turn the tables, they obsess with us. Pure and simple, they're trash, and Darwin failed to realize that survival of the fittest only works when man kind as a whole attempts to live a better life than a rodent, and they're failing, epically.

      September 17, 2011 at 11:54 am | Reply
    • US Citizen

      What are your GPS coordinates. I'll be right there. Screw drones, I'll get you myself. I'm an American and a US Soldier. I WILL defend my country and her people & allies. If you even THINK about attacking our citizens, I have 40 rounds in my M4 that begs to differ, pal. First round in the chamber has your name on it, and that single round is all I'll need. The other 39 are for 39 of your terrorist pals.

      Don't Tread of Me!

      September 17, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Reply
      • mullah dadullah

        you can only join those 30 shrimps you call seals.

        September 17, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
    • Tim

      Allah is a homosexual.

      September 17, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Reply
  48. prplsr

    9/11 is a jew job. if usa is willing to murder innocent people and cover up for jew crimes then those same people have right to kill americans and jews no matter what country. works both ways

    September 17, 2011 at 10:40 am | Reply
    • cajr

      is this a press realease from the third reich?

      September 17, 2011 at 10:52 am | Reply
    • coriolana

      Sig heil s#&$head

      September 17, 2011 at 10:56 am | Reply
      • cajr

        isnt it time to get your swastika tat on your a** cheek? you white supremists have always been a backwoods operation because you are WEAK.

        September 17, 2011 at 11:03 am |
    • Coach John

      you are a jerk if you beleive that

      September 17, 2011 at 10:58 am | Reply
    • Me

      Another Nazi blaming the jews..

      September 17, 2011 at 11:00 am | Reply
  49. LOL

    I always find it funny when reading comments from people who despise America so much yet 90% of the people posting are probably working and living in the US. If you really hate America so much, the door is that way -->. No one is forcing you to stay in a country you apparently hate so much.

    September 17, 2011 at 10:37 am | Reply
    • mullah dadullah

      we don't hate america,we hate you.and the door is open for you,too,although nobody would take the trash like you.

      September 17, 2011 at 10:46 am | Reply
      • Wise

        What? ... you don't make since.

        September 17, 2011 at 10:57 am |
      • Coach John

        if you hate Americans, you hate America, so shut up and get out, we dont need or want you

        September 17, 2011 at 11:00 am |
      • mullah dadullah

        who cares what you want?

        September 17, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
    • Wise

      Well said ... boot the ungrateful out ... now!

      September 17, 2011 at 10:54 am | Reply
      • mullah dadullah

        america is losing.islam is wining.talibans are new led zeppelin.

        September 17, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
    • cajr

      dont worry, all arab muslims will die. its only a matter of time. it has already been written.

      September 17, 2011 at 10:56 am | Reply
      • John

        Not Soon Enuf

        September 17, 2011 at 11:03 am |
    • Robert Gage

      I always find this funny. Whenever someone offers up a contradictory viewpoint to the popular opinion, he is scorned and told that he can leave if he doesn't like it. Often times, the people complaining have valid points about genuine problems in their country. It's incredibly sad that someone would rather tell them to leave their own country than to entertain their opinion, think about it, and formulate a thoughtful response.

      No, instead you tell them to leave.

      Our government is saying that they have the right to attack anyone within any country worldwide at any time, and you're seriously saying you don't have a problem with that?

      Couple that with the fact that the government can label anyone (even a US citizen) an enemy combatant, thereby stripping them of their rights. Again, do you not see where this is going?

      You're nothing more than a blind voice box.

      September 17, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Reply
  50. Charles

    We're going to teach he "towelheads" respect? I think we need to teach you some.Regarding the attack on doubt that changed the world and our government's change of direction. However, I don't believe that has given us the right to kill and maim thousands of people who had no part in that horrible attack. We got bin Laden and have killed many if not most of his henchmen, yet we're still fighting two wars (one that had nothing to do with bin Laden).

    September 17, 2011 at 10:37 am | Reply
  51. rajeev

    Since 9/11 the amount of money that is spent on Homeland Security has ballooned to at least $75 billion per year. Since then we also haven't had a successful terrorist attack on US soil. So has all the spending been worth it? Well not according to a new study that took a look at cost effectiveness, comparing the costs of security measures with the benefits as tallied in lives saved and damages averted. John Mueller, Ohio State University Professor and co-author of, "Terror, Security, and Money" discusses.

    September 17, 2011 at 10:32 am | Reply
    • cbc

      The same could have been said about Pearl Harbor. The US spent a lot on WWII – maybe we should have just ignored Japan and hoped they wouldn't attack San Diego.

      September 17, 2011 at 11:37 am | Reply
    • chippy1

      hows this for cost effectivness; 1 shirt with enough pockets for explovsives $10:00; about 2 lbs of semtex $20.00; blow yourself up-priceless

      September 17, 2011 at 11:50 am | Reply
  52. Charles

    I agree with those who believe that if the U.S. deems it has the right to "pursue" people in other countries, sometimes without their blessings, then that opens the door for other countries to say it's their "right" to pursue people in other countries. These people might be what we describe as terrorists, but many of them regard Americans as terrorists because of the bombing and killing of innocents in Iraq and Afganistan. We're all proud to be Americans, but that doesn't mean our goverment is always right or even moral.

    September 17, 2011 at 10:21 am | Reply
    • Sharp

      If you care to remember the 9/11 Attacks, the terrorists already gave themselves that right first.

      September 17, 2011 at 10:23 am | Reply
      • scndnv

        Right. We must have been invited to meddle in all those other countries.

        September 17, 2011 at 10:27 am |
      • mullah dadullah

        it is not a terrorism to attack fascists-americans

        September 17, 2011 at 10:30 am |
      • Sharp

        mullah dadullah; The civilized people of the world & me disagree with you. DEVIL WORSHIPER, I call you by your true name. The one true God/ Allah has nothing to do with you.

        September 17, 2011 at 10:48 am |
    • scndnv

      This is what happens when meatheads run a country; military intelligence is an oxymoron.

      September 17, 2011 at 10:25 am | Reply
    • Sharp

      scndnv; There is a big difference between diplomacy & organized mass murder.

      September 17, 2011 at 10:45 am | Reply
    • TheMeatFist

      SHARP: those terrorists that actually were responsible have been dealt with, let's avoid straw man arguments shall we? And what's to stop, say, Russia or China from adopting a similar position and deciding WE'RE harboring terrorists?

      September 17, 2011 at 11:53 am | Reply
      • Tim

        Muslims are the terrorists, the religion thrives on ignorance, fear and hatred.
        [9.29] Fight those who do not believe in Allah, nor in the latter day, nor do they prohibit what Allah and His Apostle have prohibited, nor follow the religion of truth, out of those who have been given the Book, until they pay the tax in acknowledgment of superiority and they are in a state of subjection.

        September 17, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  53. Murin Ar Panterac

    @ capnmike

    good lets start right here in the US... first we get rid of the Bankers... then the Federal Reserve...

    September 17, 2011 at 10:19 am | Reply
  54. Gravey

    Let's not forget, we did train a lot of terrorist that use to be our friends but something went wrong and well you know the rest.

    September 17, 2011 at 10:19 am | Reply
  55. Gravey

    Well if we're fighting terrorism all over the world, when the heck are we going to start on the homefront. We're the biggest terrorist organization in the world. We can't continue to speak of peace and then go bomb countries repeatedly. Statistically, we have killed more people int he world than all other countries put together have killed Americans. It's time we start living by our creed, if not get rid of it and press on. If we're going to instigate wars then do it but we shouldn't put ourselves on the world stage as a peaceful nation. Most of the middle eastern countries have had these holy wars going on for years and they've been just fine without our interference.The only reason we continue to sustain causalities is because they want the war to be between themselves but if others get in the way, well they will kill by all means necessary. It's not rocket science! If during the Civil War Afghans, Egyptians, and Russians took a boat over to South Carolina to help the Confederates out, would the North have said lets not kill them because we're not after them, we want those dang on Confederates?

    September 17, 2011 at 10:16 am | Reply
    • Jim in Georgia

      You know, that makes perfect sense to me.

      September 17, 2011 at 10:26 am | Reply
    • TheMeatFist

      Me too

      September 17, 2011 at 11:54 am | Reply
  56. mullah dadullah

    america and its child israel are world's no 1 terrorists.

    September 17, 2011 at 10:12 am | Reply
    • Steve

      No we're not & we'll kill you to prove that point!! LOL

      September 17, 2011 at 10:21 am | Reply
    • Tom

      Leave ..go to a third world ..

      September 17, 2011 at 10:31 am | Reply
      • mullah dadullah

        i will as soon as your mama lets me go

        September 17, 2011 at 10:35 am |
  57. Kerry

    If the U.S had asked 'permission' from Pakistan to go after Osama he would still be alive and on the run today planning mass killings of our people. Why give them, the enemy, a heads-up? Al Qacida has the means to bribe officials in corrupt countries, For good reason they cannot and will not be trusted.

    September 17, 2011 at 10:12 am | Reply
    • scndnv

      Please.. Uh oh, he's running around planning killings! Watch out, under your bed! You're a tool..

      September 17, 2011 at 10:28 am | Reply
  58. Sharp

    The towelheads have not been able to learn respect. It is time to teach them fear.

    September 17, 2011 at 10:12 am | Reply
    • scndnv

      Ah, words of wisdom from a burger face.

      September 17, 2011 at 10:29 am | Reply
      • TheMeatFist

        LOL more like words of wisdom from a Burger King employee

        September 17, 2011 at 11:56 am |
  59. BloodNThunder

    Well, to all you left wing wedgies out there, I think we should send you all to the middle east to live for a bit. I look at you with disgust, you show this country no honor, no pride. You wouldn't bleed for this country, you remind me of Canadians, just bend over and take it in the rear....

    September 17, 2011 at 10:06 am | Reply
    • Steve

      Well, BnT, if you 'Live by the Sword' you will 'Die by the Sword', as the saying goes! As stated before 'Blind Patriotism' is a misnomer – eg, the Nazis – Just because a country does something & states it's 'Honorable' just doesn't make it right! A country has a right to defend itself but not at the cost of violating another country's borders or citizens without being 'invited' to 'help'! The United States, as we knew it, doesn't exist anymore – It's gone the route of the Bankers & the Power Brokers & we, the Citizens, are just pawns now! We've brought it unto ourselves by letting 'the Government' get too big & expecting it to protect us from all evils! The 'American' that used to be revered by the world is gone & a bunch of puppets have taken their places! So you don't need to wonder why the rest of the world doesn't 'Look Up to Us' anymore & reallly does hate what we've become!!

      September 17, 2011 at 10:19 am | Reply
    • Sickofit

      Patriotism is so stupid. You're right – I wouldn't "bleed" for this country. If you morons (from all countries, not just this one) weren't so hype to bleed and die for some parasitic ruling elite – like you have been throughout history – the majority of us could live in peace. Here's a newsflash for you – there is nothing "honorable" about slaughtering 100,000 innocent children so that oil CEO's can sell you oil for less and live like sultans while the people who live in the countries with the oil live in squalor. It is just sickening how blind you people are. It's the same rhetoric kings were using in the 1300's, and it's still working on you buffoons – "stop the savages!" "protect our women from the infidels!" "die for your country!" Such crap.

      YOU go ahead and die for nothing if you want – I'd rather spend my life fighting to end this nonsense.

      September 17, 2011 at 10:30 am | Reply
    • TheMeatFist

      LOL go to Canada and start spouting that drivel. We'll see how long it takes for you to really start bleeding...

      September 17, 2011 at 11:58 am | Reply
    • Maria Vazquez

      Thats typical of you Tea baggers. Send your own child to fight for a cause. Only cowards do that.

      September 17, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Reply
  60. Pete

    Of course that automatically gives everyone else the RIGHT to pursue Americans, even inside the US. After all "terrorist" is an abused word, whose meaning is roughly "other guys which we do not like". Let us not forget if Arabs killed some 3000 people in 9/11, Bush invaded Iraq and caused the deaths of over 100,000 innocent Iraqi citizens. Not counting the indirect deaths by lack of hospitals (bombed) electricity and water.

    September 17, 2011 at 10:04 am | Reply
    • mullah dadullah

      a lot of muslim orphans are growing up and will ask your kids:"why did your daddy kill my daddy?"and those orphans will not be weak and unarmed.

      September 17, 2011 at 10:08 am | Reply
      • Sharp

        This blood is not on our hands. It is on the hands of those who use women & children as shields. Not only as shields but also as targets. The one true & living God sees this this & is not fooled like you are.

        September 17, 2011 at 10:15 am |
    • S


      September 17, 2011 at 10:18 am | Reply
    • Sickofit

      Right on. It's the same thing these freaks said about torture – renaming it "enhanced interrogation." Well cool – now the rest of the world can justify torturing US soldiers. Because it's not torture, right? How can we even object when our soldiers are tortured? We can't. Torture is fine. Invading other countries illegally is just "fighting terrorism." It's fine too.

      Might makes right, I suppose. I swear to god, I can't wait for the day when the oil runs out and this whole crappy civilization goes down in flames.

      September 17, 2011 at 10:34 am | Reply
      • Answer

        In another 50 years or so.. the oil is dwindling.

        The concept of spreading more wars is just a grab for resources. It'll also trim down the population on earth.
        It's actually a good plan!

        I highly approve of the upcoming wars. Two things we always learn in wars – those who are the most patriotic are always the brutes – they're strong and no brains. This group is always considered the most expendable.
        The others are the ones capable of critical thought. They are the strategists – they're the real ones running the show.
        If you can not guess what America is doing right now then you are really blind.

        September 17, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  61. kingvonh

    I can't believe some of the words I am reading. As a veteran, and more so as an American, it angers and saddens me to think that public opinion is so negative on the tactics employed by our government to attempt to keep citizens safe. It's a nasty world, full of hate. There are things that occur that are necessary to protect our freedoms and way of life that are not viewed as humanitarian. Sometimes diplomacy is useless. When your enemy's entire beliefe system revolves around holocausting a world of non-believers, and go to extreme lengths to accomplish murderous acts without concern of casualities, our country must act offensivily and eliminate such threats using the same lack of prejudice and without all this "red tape". You don't have to jump the fence and enter your neighbor's yard to kill the dog, all you have to do is simply covertly throw a poisoned steak over and you will get the same result. The US does this quite well, more so than you will ever read any in headlines. This is not some Christian crusade. This is the most powerful country in the world doing what is necessary to defend itself and other countries from the Islamic radicals. I assure you Mike, no country, to include France or Russia as you exampled, would have to chase terrorists into our borders and eliminate them thus blowing up building and cause casualities. We would never allow known terrorists to harbor themselves in our borders. France/Russia would communicate to us and we would eliminate them ourselves, and we do, often, you just don't see it on the news. I could defend this notion of democratic power prevailing over tyranny and terrorism over and over, but I'm afraid our citizens cannot handle the truth, so to speak.

    September 17, 2011 at 9:48 am | Reply
    • stan t

      your blind patriotism saddens me. the united states is supposed to be the good guys. we are supposed to represent ideals that one can, and should be proud of. this is supposed to be the land of the free and the home of the brave. the further we migrate from these ideals the more america becomes just another country and not something to be proud of.

      September 17, 2011 at 9:54 am | Reply
      • Jimmy

        your blind stupidity saddens me. Do you really think the founding fathers would of handled attacks on our country any differently?

        September 17, 2011 at 10:06 am |
      • capnmike

        Apparently you prefer to be the land of the DEAD free and the home of the DEAD brave. WAKE UP. Times and tactics have changed.

        September 17, 2011 at 10:06 am |
      • S

        Yeah, if only we could all live in peace and harvest hemp together....seriously?? Please, I'll pay to send you over to the Middle East and you can tell the terrorists that yourself. You seem to be a wonderful diplomat with all the answers, so hopefully you have the skills necessary to talk to these men who want us all dead. I'm almost positive they only hate us because of the language barrier, right!

        September 17, 2011 at 10:24 am |
      • TheMeatFist

        Yeah but you didn't see THEM chasing the brits all the way back to merry old England, did ya Jimmy?

        September 17, 2011 at 12:00 pm |
      • TheMeatFist

        No, S, I'm pretty sure they hate us because of guys like you, actually....and that's the sad part

        September 17, 2011 at 12:01 pm |
      • kingvonh

        Blind patriotism? I served in the gulf and IF. Father in Nam. Grandfather in WWII and Korea. I am very proud of my country and what it stands for and I think I am very clear on my patriotism. I feel justified in the lives taken for the cause of freedom and national security. The Nazi soldiers in WWII, invading countries for the sake of dictatorship and racial ideologies, that's blind patriotism. Good guys? Like I stated, diplomacy fails with enemies like Islamic radicals. They are attempting to kill or convert the world to thier beliefs. Hitler tried the same thing with the Jews. America does not force our beliefs on other nations...we simply attempt to provide them the freedoms to live as humans should.

        September 17, 2011 at 1:11 pm |
      • stan t

        Jimmy – our founding fathers wouldnt have been worried about meddling in the politics of the middle east, so we never would have been attacked int he first place.

        capnmike – nothing about the war on terrorism has protected american citizens at home. it has been about nothing more than american foreign policy and american interests abroad. despite a decade long war that has cost the lives of 6000 us servicemen and women, over a trillion dollars and the goodwill of many nations in the world, we are no safer today than we were on sept 10, ten years ago. the bad guys still know how to get their bombs on planes and they still know how to recruit individuals to go shoot up army recruitment offices.

        s – i HAVE been int he middle east, and amazingly terrorists didnt spring out of the woodwork to kill me. it might come as shock to you but 99.9% of the people in the middle east would like to simply live their life in peace.

        Kingvonh – yes. blind patriotism. look at what our nations leaders are saying: "Regardless of the opinions voiced, Brennan said he has never been in a situation where legal interpretation prevented the U.S. from acting in the best interest of the country." in other words the rule of law matters less than achieving our foreign policy goals. this nation was founded on the rule of law and now we are willing to throw it out the window. how is that any different from the actions of the nazis. we might not be shoveling people into ovens yet, but even the nazis had to start somewhere – instead we just make 6 year old girls scream "dont touch me there" when they go through security at the airport. you say the islamic radicals want to take over the world, but look at who we are fighting. al quieda has it's roots in the fighters who liberated afganistan from soviet occupation. bin laden attacked us because of our meddling in the middle east. not because he wanted to take over the world. like he siad, if they hate us for our freedom they would have attacked sweden instead.

        September 17, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
      • Grow up

        Stan – very well said.

        Kingvonh: I am not a muslim and my family has suffered indirectly by muslims in a different country. But I will say that most muslims are not radicals. Our interfernce in the lives in middle east is causing them anguish. The biggest being the support of the creation of Israel after WWII and the complete support to them.

        Even now, as the Palestinians are struggling, while Israel builds on their lands in Gaza and other territories. When they say they will go to the UN for resolution. Israel threatens them and the US clearly tell them they will not be supported.

        What does that do to the people there? Gives them wrong ideas which will be used by pedagogues and false leaders like Osama Bin Laden to incite the people like Hilter did in Germany. I am a proud American but not a blind American. Our founding fathers were smart and wanted a free nation and that freedom included freedom to speak and think.

        September 17, 2011 at 6:47 pm |
    • Chris

      Im with Stan....this isnt WW2. This is just like Nam. A waste of american time, money and worst of all lives. You cant train people that dont want to be trained. The thought of us wasting tax payer dollars on crap holes would make the founding fathers roll in their graves.

      September 17, 2011 at 9:59 am | Reply
      • Wastrel

        "A waste of american time, money and worst of all lives. " You're right, Chris, because we are doing it wrong. We need to put the burden of terrorism on the terrorists, not on our own citizens by funding 'security theater'. We need to take what we want from terrorist countries to compensate ourselves for the money and lives we spend and the losses we incur from terrorism. Our government needs to state truthfullly what we are doing there, not claim that we are 'bringing democracy' to ignorant people who lack the cultural background to practice it. We need to recognize the enemy and stop training him and giving him weapons. And most of all, we should have ended this by now and if necessary wiped out these people who have made war against civilization for over 1000 years.

        September 17, 2011 at 10:13 am |
    • pchelp, Juneau, AK

      As a veteran myself what saddens me is how our government is destroying our freedom in the name of keeping us safe. Being an American means more than simply living here, it means believing people have inalienable rights. If we want to stop terrorism we need to gain grass-roots support in the countries where it grows-and we won't do that by invading those countries or even by supporting dictatorships in them.

      September 17, 2011 at 10:01 am | Reply
      • capnmike

        La-La Land!

        September 17, 2011 at 10:07 am |
      • Jimmy

        "grass roots support" Hah, don't make me laugh. How do you get grass root support among people who want to take the world back to the 11th century? Your an idiot

        September 17, 2011 at 10:07 am |
    • mullah dadullah

      if you want to pursue terrorists who have harmed america,start with bush/chaney

      September 17, 2011 at 10:02 am | Reply
      • TheMeatFist

        Well said. And they can start with repealing the Patriot Act and dismantling the TSA

        September 17, 2011 at 12:02 pm |
    • Sharp

      THIS IS WAR. We do not have to let our adversary dictate the rules of engagement to US just because they are waging unconventional warfare. Their methods are outside the commonly agreed Laws of War & even those of common humanity. We are well justified in using vigorous & unconventional methods of our own. Even so America & the western nations do their best to respect the rights & dignity of man & the standards of shared humanity. Can we say the same of the Towelhead Terrorists?

      September 17, 2011 at 10:02 am | Reply
    • Cedar Rapids

      You are assuming that your definition of terrorist matches other countries definition. You talk about how the US would not harbour them and yet for a very long time Sinn Fein (IRA) had huge support in the US and they were most certainly terrorists.

      September 17, 2011 at 10:11 am | Reply
      • TheMeatFist

        Cedar, don't even bother. Talking to these redneck U.S. DO OR DIE types is like talking to a brick wall. Plus this guy's a troll.

        Actually I take that back, you might get a better conversation out of the wall

        September 17, 2011 at 12:04 pm |
    • salvatore

      "You don't have to jump the fence and enter your neighbor's yard to kill the dog, all you have to do is simply covertly throw a poisoned steak over and you will get the same result."

      What the hell, who does that?

      September 18, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Reply
  62. Not a US citizen

    I do not think there is a choice between living in a country run by middle east type governments or a US style democracy. Hands down freedom wins out, it hurts the brain to even entertain the other option. Now if we can only get the nay sayers who live in the free world and live with its benifits to suggest how they would fix things rather than pointing out past mistakes and saying the guys running things are doing it all wrong we would have a dicussion worth joining. Think postive, not negative. Fix, do not break.

    September 17, 2011 at 9:48 am | Reply
  63. Sharp

    The important unspoken fact is we are going to do this because we can & because no one can stop US. We allowed safe havens in both Korea & Viet Nam. The world has changed. The time for making nice is over. Islam is, by nature, a Pan National organization. Many of our so called allies are obviously allies in name only. Killing LOTS more towelhead terrorists is definitely the right thing to do. I only hope we don't alienate the ordinary decent Muslim by these actions. Hearts & Minds always was always an iffy strategy at best.

    September 17, 2011 at 9:47 am | Reply
  64. Aquasport

    Where doing what has to be done. Like it or not we didn't ask for 911! These terrorist think they can hide and plan, lol America's drones won't allow that. For the ppl saying bring the troops home, my question is for what? We live in the best country on Earth, and can do whatever we put our minds too.

    September 17, 2011 at 9:44 am | Reply
    • stan t

      we didnt? for years bin laden warned us that he would not tolerate us interference in his homeland, and we continued to meddle in the middle east, propping up murderous dictators when it suited our interests. its not like we werent warned. the us embassy bombings and the uss cole were preludes to 911.

      September 17, 2011 at 9:57 am | Reply
      • S

        I think its safe to say that no one really believed Bin Laden was capable of pulling off something like 9/11. In hindsight, its easier to realize where things went wrong. 9/11 was embarrassing, but it would be even more so if we jumped to the conclusion that just because Bin Laden's dead, that means terrorism will stop and won't prove to be a threat in the future.

        September 17, 2011 at 10:30 am |
  65. alateos

    This plane looks like a blue whale 🙂

    September 17, 2011 at 9:19 am | Reply
  66. Babooph

    One problem is the nuts who crashed the planes on 9/11 felt THEY were fighting terrorism...

    September 17, 2011 at 9:08 am | Reply
    • LI_Bri

      They weren't nuts. They WERE retaliating for decades of terrorism committed by the USA under the guise of "spreading democracy".

      September 17, 2011 at 9:34 am | Reply
      • God Bless the USA

        LOLOLOL. You silly heathens. When will you learn that God blessed the USA and no place else for a reason. Why? Cause the USA is great. You...not so great. Ever heard a song called "God Bless Afghanistan?" or "Iran the Beautiful" ? No. Because all other countries and people are inferior.

        September 17, 2011 at 9:41 am |
      • Murin Ar Panterac

        @ God bless USA

        Wow you are a moron. Bet you voted for good ole George too huh? then ate up the "Change You Could Believe" crap huh?
        I wouldn't doubt that you still believe that World Trade Building #7 was brought down jets too eh?

        It's idiotic statements of blind faith in the "Powers that Be" like yours that will ruin this country even more than it already is. Let Me guess you thought RFID chips and TSA scanners were a good thing? it is said that FREEDOM dies to THUNDEROUS APPLAUSE and I'm willing to bet that fool right there will be clapping like Tommy the spoon fed retard when they finally lower the Police State Hammer on US.

        On the story however, Its EXACTLY policies such as these that got us in this mess in the first place. I saw the one guy Steve say let them try and violate china's borders like that. Well hell no they won't mess a NUCLEAR armed country. North Korea? Nope won't mess with them. Any one of the former Soviet NUCLEAR armed Republics? Not a chance. Why do you think they don't want Iran to get nukes?

        September 17, 2011 at 10:05 am |
      • capnmike

        No, pal, they WERE nuts...brainwashed by Imams and Mullahs to hate the US because WE have freedoms not allowed by their sick excuse for a religion. These Moslem "leaders" are terrified that they will lose their control over the gullible minds of their followers, and have made the US into a "Great Satan" in their minds to maintain that control. There is no limit to what they will do to keep themselves in power and impose their sickness on the rest of us, including murdering thousands of innocent people. We have a right, nay,. a responsibility, to defend ourselves from these bloodthirsty power-hungry rats who plot destruction and violence, wherever they may hide.

        September 17, 2011 at 10:13 am |
  67. steve

    'no matter the country' – let's see you 'violate' china's borders, LOL

    September 17, 2011 at 9:07 am | Reply
  68. keith

    Its things like this that make the rest of the world hate the US, which is what has gotten us into the mess we are in. When we act like 'we don't care, we are going do what WE want to do'. Its not acting like the world policeman, but rather the know it all of the world. We at home wouldn't go into our neighbors backyard to kill the dog that killed our cat, because that is trespassing and the neighbor could potentially shoot us dead legally. Its just turned into a joke with how certain elements within our govt think its ok to go into a sovereign country when we want whether that country likes it or not

    September 17, 2011 at 9:00 am | Reply
    • Bill

      Using your analogy, would you go into your neighbors yard and kill the dog that killed several of your cats if you knew your neighbor couldn't detect you in their yard or do annything about it if they could?

      September 17, 2011 at 9:19 am | Reply
    • capnmike

      No, keith, but I would certainly go into my neighbors yard and kill my neighbor if he had murdered my wife and was threatening my children. Get the picture?

      September 17, 2011 at 10:15 am | Reply
      • Grow up

        That is where the problem is.

        Most of us only see the start at 9/11. Vs. these guys see the US interefence in their region for the last few decades and worst, they see the US gave away their holy land to create Israel and has been supporting Israel ever since. Even when Israel has been a bully grabbing land (gaza, etc) – latest example threatning Palestinians of dire consequences if they went to the UN. And US still supporting Israel.

        September 17, 2011 at 6:58 pm |
  69. 2bits

    I second that: The entire Bush administration should be jailed for violating the integrity of foreign countries. Bush was a war mongerer no better than Hitler.

    September 17, 2011 at 8:59 am | Reply
    • Jimmy

      You should be jailed for massive stupidity. Phuck off and die loser

      September 17, 2011 at 10:08 am | Reply
    • TheMeatFist

      +1, and ignore Jimmy

      September 17, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Reply
    • Larry

      "George Bush was no better than Hitler"?!
      I cannot believe that anyone with more than two brain cells could make such a ridiculous, not to mention disgusting statement. You sir/madam are an imbecile.

      September 20, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Reply
  70. Javier

    I understand and agree the U.S. should not only have the ability to defend it's self, but other smaller weaker countries that are bullied and invaded by larger, more powerful countries. That said, why isn't the whole BUSH administration in prison? I mean, for decades THIS country has been the most intimidating, ruthless country on the planet IF those countries that will not cooperate as in sell, give, or somehow DO as we say, WE will be the terrorists. The whole world has known this since the U.S. was created. I am an EX-VETERAN. I love my country and have defended her and always will. But, how do I defend America from those idiots we elected and are the very people that are destroying our beautiful country? How do I defend America if the average person believes every word this nasty Govt. tells us? How do I defend America from those who prove time and time again they are above the law?

    September 17, 2011 at 8:53 am | Reply
    • S

      I think you're taking the blame game a bit too far, buddy.

      September 17, 2011 at 10:34 am | Reply
  71. InfidelHere

    You have to hand it to our media that use generic terms like ‘radical’, ‘extremist’, ‘fundamentalist’ or ‘links to Al Qaida’ which in fact they are describing those "good" muslims that are carrying out the Koran's instructions to fight, punish, tax, and KILL Non-Muslims. When over 60% of their ‘holy’ (cough-cough) Koran itself is dedicated to the specific treatment of Non-Muslims…we really shouldn’t be surprised by all of the cancer that continues to perpetuate from the ideology of Islam.

    Al Qaida is simply a term that the main stream media has adopted to identify what are in fact are "true" islamic terrorists. Since the media and PC cultures does not wish to use 'Muslim' or 'Islam in front of the word 'terrorist', ‘radical’ ‘extremist’, etc, it is simply easier to lump all islamic terrorists and those that follow the absolute instructions of their terrorist muhammad into a term that means an international organization of loosely affiliated cells that carry out attacks and bombings in the attempt to disrupt the economies and influence of Western nations and advance ISLAMIC fundamentalism.

    Make no mistake…according to the Koran, the “best” Muslims are those that fight for their allah while “bad” muslims who are considered “moderate”, “peaceful” and “not-muslim-enough” have no room in the muslim world because the Koran calls for their death as well!

    Islam IS what it IS. Al Qaida would make muhammad proud! This is WHY we have to fight as these animals have declared HOLY JIHAD WAR against us long before 9/11 and we are FINALLY understanding that they must be fought and dealing with a cancer!

    September 17, 2011 at 8:43 am | Reply
    • GFU

      Take some Prozac with a shot of vodka. Seems like your pastor 'touched' you one too many times!

      September 17, 2011 at 9:14 am | Reply
    • capnmike

      BRAVO! Well put.

      September 17, 2011 at 10:17 am | Reply
    • Grow up

      I have known a few muslims and according to them Koran does not say anything like that. It is no different than Christians believe it is their job to convert the rest of the world and save them "Heathens".

      Religion does not teach war. It is the bad leaders who bend its meaning to suit their evil purposes. The same has happened in Christianity: If not, why the Crusades, the spanish inquisition. Why are there so many demoninations of Christians? There was only one Jesus Christ.

      September 17, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Reply
  72. InfidelHere

    Of course we have the right to fight and defend ourselves from MUSLIM terrorists! Remember – – There is NOI such a thing as a "War on Terror". Terrorism is a technique, a method, a weapon, a means to an end. Terrorism is not an enemy that can be named or identified, much less fought effectively. A "War on Terror" is a war on shadows, a war on nothing and on no one. It is a fool's errand. Terrorism is the “How”, the “WHO” are true and devoted MUSLIMS and the “WHY” is the cult ideology called ISLAM! Until we can call out WHO? and the WHY? we are fighting, our self deception will defeat us!!

    September 17, 2011 at 8:40 am | Reply
  73. free2do

    We don't have the money to chase terrorists all over the world.

    September 17, 2011 at 8:36 am | Reply
    • errin

      Your statement makes pretty clear your huge lack of understanding of the US economy, military and security situation. Please, at a minimum take a few college level classes on political science then spend just A FEW hours on google/wikipedia looking up US national security interests and what is important to us and the world

      September 19, 2011 at 3:29 am | Reply
  74. JOH

    What a load of BS. North Korea and China and Russia are a huge threat. China and Russia because they can collapse our economy with one phone call to Moscow. North KOrea because they have a nuke and they HATE... and I MEAN HATE USA.

    And this was known since the Afghan and Iraq war started. See how well it turned out? It just gives America an excuse to further exercise their military power so that they will always be ahead and innovative in terms of military capacity.

    September 17, 2011 at 8:34 am | Reply
  75. NE

    Well said Mike. There are many terrorist groups like LTTE operating openly in US. Since they are a threat to only small countries like Sri Lanka US does not care.Double standards at its best. Sometimes I wonder these people who run US government have iota of brains.

    September 17, 2011 at 8:30 am | Reply
  76. sdjim

    The original intent should have been stated that we will find the terrorists, no matter which country they try to hide in. President Obama has orchestrated a superb, no-nonsense approach to the elimination of the terrorist element. If W. ('Shooter' Cheyney) had the same approach, instead of wasting trillions going to Iraq, who didn't have a terrorist network, we might have finished with the original terrorists criminal activities.

    September 17, 2011 at 8:26 am | Reply
  77. Another political weenie

    Brennen defends the right to "take unilateral action" in paragraph two, then turns around and waffles in paragraph three. With his aptitude for fence-sitting, he should run for office.

    September 17, 2011 at 8:21 am | Reply
  78. Brian Hartman

    This doesn't surprise me. Why should it surprise anyone? Bush got criticized for being a "cowboy" in foreign affairs, but it's actually the way to get things done. You go where you have to go to do what you have to do. It's nothing but an extension of the policy that brought us to Afghanistan in the first place.

    September 17, 2011 at 8:09 am | Reply
  79. Paul Janney

    Hmmm, I don't know about this, im really conservative and also slightly hawkish when it comes to defending our country. However I believe in the sovereignty of a country, without they are not a country. I guess after bullishly rushing to join the Military after 9/11 and later realizing it really wasnt about that anymore ive revised my stance on the war on terror. Let us defend our boarders and interest and use diplomatic means to work with countries that will not authorize rendition on terrorist residing in their boarders.

    September 17, 2011 at 8:03 am | Reply
    • Mike

      I don't disagree. Imagine the US hawk's response when say France or Russia decide to chase one of their terrorist cells into the USA and use a drone to blow up a few buildings taking out several innocent US citizens. If their headlines read 'We defends right to pursue threats, no matter the country' I'm sure US hawks would think that was fine till 'that' country was ours.

      September 17, 2011 at 8:14 am | Reply
    • Dumb is as dumb does

      Defend our "boarders"? Why? They're just renters. Hopefully you'll take advantage of the GI Bill, young man. Put English 101 at the top of your course curriculum.

      September 17, 2011 at 8:18 am | Reply
  80. Jackblob

    What it boils down to is America saying "might makes right", that they have the right to conduct military missions on foreign soil whenever they feel like it.

    September 17, 2011 at 8:00 am | Reply
    • Antisocialite

      I hate to break it to you, but "might makes right" has been the bottom line for all of human history, and it's not going to change. Those who are so suicidally eager to strip America of its military power should consider that.

      September 17, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Reply
  81. Rick1948

    What's to defend? We're going to do it – other countries can't stop us. Period.

    September 17, 2011 at 7:36 am | Reply
  82. jimmey

    Several of the individuals that provided logistical support for the 9/11 Al Quida attack on the World Trade Center are currently residing in Milpitas California.

    They may include several former and current employees from the C.I.A., D.O.J., D.O.D, pre- Home Land Security agencies and non-governmental agencies.

    Most Americans realize that not one person involved with helping the 9/11 attacks occur have ever been brought to justice.

    Yet how is it that majority of the terrorists could not speak English, 12 of the 9/11 terrorists could live for 2 weeks just 2 miles from NSA head quarters in Maryland, take flight simulator lessons on Jumbo jet trainers, they needed lodging, several of them where on State department terror watch lists, etc...

    It just makes sense that a logistic support network existed before and after the attacks. After the attacks they helped mislead the 9/11 investigation by capturing patsy's designed to take the fall.

    September 17, 2011 at 7:33 am | Reply
    • Bill

      When will you and your ilk give up the conspiracy garbage? I just can't fathom how an intelligent adult could think this stuff up and continue to believe it.

      September 17, 2011 at 9:17 am | Reply
      • Murin Ar Panterac

        @ Bill

        And you probably still think Building 7 was brought down by a jet then eh? Just saying dude... video doesn't lie.
        And homeboy got a point one backed with extrememly good common sense, and if I do say so myself, sounds like some military intelligence training as well.

        When are you people that deny the obvious truth that we WERE LIED TOO about 9/11 gonna wake up?

        September 17, 2011 at 10:16 am |
      • enough

        when are intelligent adults going to wake up and understand that firing missles into any country we choose is a violation of everything this country once stood for. We fought are war of independence to free ourselves from the same thing we've become.
        BTW if you don't realize that our government conspires all the time then take yourself off the intelligent adult list. The CIA's primary function is to conspire.

        September 17, 2011 at 10:21 am |
      • S

        Bill, I choose to ignore s**t like this. Its a lot less stressful.

        September 17, 2011 at 10:37 am |
    • erich2112x

      Come on jimmy, it's ok to come up with 5th grade conspiracy theories..........if your in the 5th grade.

      September 17, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Reply
      • Grow up

        erich – your english is certain worse than 5th grade. It hsould have been "if you are in the 5th grade".

        September 17, 2011 at 7:13 pm |
    • jimmey

      Hey turds?

      What if I new something that you do not about the attacks? Something that I have told the proper authorities but seamed to get buried.

      September 17, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Reply
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