- Only more federal spending in their state will prevent another tragedy
- It's 'obvious' that the Fort Hood shootings are the result of
- The military-industrial complex
- Maybe not: This one's getting a bit old
- Like everything else, it's the fault of
- The Bush Administration
- Either one
- Or both
- Right-wing extremists
- The Bush Administration
This Blog isn't PoliticalI'm not - putting it mildly - in full agreement with many of President Barack Obama's policies and programs. But I'm not "against" President Obama: in the sense that I want him to fail, not matter what. I'm not "for" the president, either, if that means cheering his statements and decisions simply because he's the one who made them. (June 21, 2009)
I've got very well-defined views on the war on terror. For example:
- I think there's a war on: and that no amount of creative labeling is going to change that.
- I hope that America and our allies win: partly because I prefer living in a world where it's okay to wear trousers, drink beer, or 'let' women drive cars.
A fairly common assumption in America is that people are either conservative, liberal, "moderate," or apathetic. For people who sort out other people that way, I'm obviously conservative: except in the ways that I'm obviously liberal. (A Catholic Citizen in America (November 3, 2008))
This blog reflects my beliefs that America isn't perfect, but isn't the source of all the world's ills, either. I also think that America is one of the few countries with the ability, and willingness, to provide leadership in coalitions like the one that ended a brutal dictator's rule Iraq.
And, I'm convinced that sometimes people aren't nice because they've decided to be not-nice.
But I don't support Republican positions because I'm a staunch Republican - or Democratic positions because I'm a dedicated Democrat. On occasion, each of the two major parties say or do something that makes sense. That I support.
Congress, Fort Hood, and President ObamaThis doesn't happen all that often - I agree with President Barack Obama.
"President Barack Obama on Saturday urged Congress to hold off on any investigation of the Fort Hood rampage until federal law enforcement and military authorities have completed their probes into the shootings at the Texas Army post, which left 13 people dead....So far, this makes sense. On the other hand, the White House Press Secretary published this press release:
"...Obama turned his attention home and pleaded for lawmakers to 'resist the temptation to turn this tragic event into the political theater.' He said those who died on the nation's largest Army post deserve justice, not political stagecraft.
" 'The stakes are far too high,' Obama said in a video and Internet address released by the White House...
"...Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, 39, was charged on Thursday with the shooting spree at Fort Hood last week. Army investigators have said Hasan is the only suspect and could face additional charges...."
- "Weekly Address: President Obama Calls for Comprehensive Review of Events Leading to Tragedy at Fort Hood"
The White House (November 14, 2009)
And, so far, there's nothing I've seen to indicate that FBI and other law enforcement agencies have been mishandling the case.
Congress? Yes, if law enforcement agencies seem to be blundering, and the executive branch wasn't dealing with the situation, then I'd say that Congress might have a reason get their blue-ribbon panels together, organize their press conferences, and maybe even spend some time asking sensible questions.
But, as things stand now, I think the best thing Congress could do is get out of the way, and let professionals do their jobs.
- "Somalia, America, Assumptions, Terrorists and the Press"
(October 7, 2009)
- "Of President Obama, Politics, and the Another War-on-Terror Blog"
(June 21, 2009)
- "President Obama and State Secrets: It's Different, When You're in Charge"
(April 13, 2009)
- "Emotions, the Frontal Cortex, The War on Terror, Anarchists, and the Illuminati"
(December 23, 2008)
- "Pay Raise for Congress: Have They Read the Papers This Year?"
(December 21, 2008)
- And remember: these jokers are the ones who are supposed to be making legislative decisions
- "Conservative? Liberal? Democrat? Republican? No, I'm Catholic"
A Catholic Citizen in America (November 3, 2008)
- "The Subway Project and 'Why Islam?' - Terrorists in the Subways! Or, Not"
(July 23, 2008)
Particularly paragraphs on
- Assumptions by a member of Congress
- "Attention Congress: The FBI is Not the Enemy"
(February 25, 2008)
- "Obama urges Congress to put off Fort Hood probe"
The Associated Press (November 15, 2009)
- "How Dare General Petraeus Bring Facts to Congress?"
(September 11, 2007)
- "Congress Must Decide Who to Protect Americans From"
(August 5, 2007)