Quotes of the day

posted at 8:01 pm on August 4, 2013 by Allahpundit

The White House said top administration officials gathered late Saturday over a terror threat that provoked the State Department to close more than 20 diplomatic posts and issue a worldwide travel alert.

National Security Adviser Susan Rice chaired a meeting with 12 administration officials including the secretaries of State, Defense and Homeland Security and the directors of the FBI, CIA and NSA, according to a White House statement…

The State Department’s travel alert said the threat was focused particularly in the Middle East and North Africa and was “possibly occurring in or emanating from the Arabian Peninsula.” Yemen has become a central focus of the warnings.

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The terror threat prompting the U.S. government to close nearly two dozen embassies and consulates Sunday is the most specific, credible threat information in years, CBS News senior correspondent John Miller reports.

Intelligence officers have reporting from a reliable source that a major plot is under way and that the team to carry it out has been selected and is in place, Miller reports…

What authorities don’t have is the date, the timing or the target of the attack, which is why they have taken such an approach to warning potential targets, Miller reports.

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On the day that almost two dozen U.S. embassies and consulates across North Africa and the Middle East are closed following the identification of a significant threat from an al-Qaeda affiliate, a senior U.S. official is providing new details about the communications intercepted from the terrorists, telling ABC News that al-Qaeda operatives could be heard talking about an upcoming attack. The official described the terrorists as saying the planned attack is “going to be big” and “strategically significant.”

“The part that is alarming is the confidence they showed while communicating and the air of certainty,” the official said, adding that the group – Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula – appeared to have a media plan for after the attack…

“We do not know whether they mean an embassy, an airbase, an aircraft, trains,” the official said…

The official also said authorities were stunned that the group broke “operational security” – meaning they talked likely knowing it would be picked up by intercepts.

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The chatter among al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula operatives had gone on for weeks but increased in the last few days, the officials said…

The warnings also come as news has surfaced that al Qaeda’s leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, has appointed the head of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, Nasser al-Wahishi, as his overall general manager of the terror network, Seth Jones of the Rand Corporation said…

Officials have told CNN that some analysts believe the threat is solely in Yemen, while others are convinced plots are under way in several countries

According to the Yemeni official, recent U.S. drone attacks may generate reprisals.

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Interpol has issued a global security alert, asking its member nations to help determine whether a rash of brazen prison escapes recently are linked.

Over the past month, prison breaks have taken place in nine Interpol member nations, the global police organization said in an alert this weekend.

“With suspected Al Qaeda involvement in several of the breakouts, which led to the escape of hundreds of terrorists and other criminals, the INTERPOL alert requests the Organization’s 190 member countries’ assistance in order to determine whether any of these recent events are coordinated or linked,” the group said in the statement Saturday…

Interpol noted that August has been a fervent month for attacks.

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McCormack asked, “what does ‘rebalancing our fight against al Qaeda’ mean? It’s a phrase Obama hasn’t used before.”

The administration hasn’t answered McCormack’s question. In light of al Qaeda’s resurgence in Iraq, our withdrawal from Afghanistan, our fecklessness with respect to Syria, Libya, and elsewhere–and now the travel alert warning about the “potential for terrorist attacks, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa” and Sunday’s closing of 22 embassies across the Muslim world–the answer is becoming depressingly clear: Rebalance is a euphemism for retreat.

Al Qaeda’s not on the run. We are.

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“When you look at this map of U.S. embassies that are closed, twenty-two of them, most of them across the Muslim world, when you hear this global warning to all Americans to take care, what do you think that says?” Crowley asked. “Since the mission of terrorists is to terrorize, in some sense do you feel as if they’ve already won?

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Via the Corner.


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Over?

Bmore on August 4, 2013 at 9:36 PM

Wagging the dog.

davidk on August 4, 2013 at 9:37 PM

[onlineanalyst on August 4, 2013 at 9:28 PM]

I believe Bill. Bill is a serious guy. Kerry, not so much.

Dusty on August 4, 2013 at 9:37 PM

In other news the house of repugnancies appears ready to cave on immigration:

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/08/04/Cantor-Doesn-t-Deny-House-GOP-Leadership-Will-Support-Overall-Path-to-Legalization

predator on August 4, 2013 at 9:29 PM

The House Republican leadership reportedly did not bring any immigration bills to the floor before the August recess in an attempt to minimize the anticipated backlash.

From the post:
Stunning! Cowards!

bazil9 on August 4, 2013 at 9:38 PM

I feel fine…

KCB on August 4, 2013 at 9:39 PM

Only if the sex pistol is a pistol shrimp and owns rock lobster mittens. :-)

Resist We Much on August 4, 2013 at 9:34 PM

It is a compact and I do own a holster so I cry “no fair”.

nobar on August 4, 2013 at 9:41 PM

ONE PERSON SHOWS FOR OBAMACARE EVENT…

The others found out what was in it!

lolz

Resist We Much on August 4, 2013 at 9:41 PM

My musical contribution for the evening :D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sz9fYMqRbh0

God and Guns: Lynyrd Skynyrd…

I think you all will love this video :)

God Bless and have a great evening folks!!

* swoosh *

Scrumpy on August 4, 2013 at 9:42 PM

I need a Sunday kind of love.
Sing it, Etta!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ttjh_kK62lY

onlineanalyst on August 4, 2013 at 9:42 PM

Gonna test it out soon. ‘Tis a Tauras .40S&W compact 10+1. Got two mags for the price. Dixie Gun and Knife show is great (also got a holster, and ammo is as expensive as I expected).

nobar on August 4, 2013 at 8:39 PM

Oops. Heh. Didn’t see this. Sounds like a nice firearm.

WhatSlushfund on August 4, 2013 at 9:42 PM

The House Republican leadership reportedly did not bring any immigration bills to the floor before the August recess in an attempt to minimize the anticipated backlash.

From the post:
Stunning! Cowards!

bazil9 on August 4, 2013 at 9:38 PM

Cowards is right.

If they come down on the side of strict border security they face the wrath of the left. If they don’t they face the wrath of the Tea Party. So what do they do? Find a rock to crawl under.

And these people are supposed to represent “our side?” I’ll pass.

There has to be something better.

predator on August 4, 2013 at 9:43 PM

Quite frankly, I foresee multiple, simultaneous attacks on soft targets rather than on embassies if there is any merit to this chatter at all.

onlineanalyst on August 4, 2013 at 9:35 PM

They’re talking about surgically placed bombs…I’m flying next week and I’m in a walking boot, awaiting surgery on my ankle. The last time I went through TSA with a walking boot, they used a bomb sensing metal stick to shove into my boot, instead of allowing me to just remove it…and after being jabbed several times, I threatened to shove her little metal stick where she would have to see a doctor about….you tell these geniuses they have to check on ‘surgically planted bombs’, I’m planning to bring my own KY.
We just need to make the Middle East a parking lot and tell any other countries they’re next.

HornetSting on August 4, 2013 at 9:44 PM

From the post: Stunning! Cowards!

bazil9 on August 4, 2013 at 9:38 PM

Cowardly: Yes

Stunning: Er, we’re talking about the GOP leadership here.

Resist We Much on August 4, 2013 at 9:45 PM

Gonna test it out soon. ‘Tis a Tauras .40S&W compact 10+1. Got two mags for the price. Dixie Gun and Knife show is great (also got a holster, and ammo is as expensive as I expected).

nobar on August 4, 2013 at 8:39 PM

Enjoy it! I have a Witness 40, which I love. The ammo is expensive but I’ve started reloading. Now, when I go to the range I can shoot a couple hundred rounds and have a hell of a time.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on August 4, 2013 at 9:46 PM

We just need to make the Middle East a parking lot and tell any other countries they’re next.

HornetSting on August 4, 2013 at 9:44 PM

This.

predator on August 4, 2013 at 9:46 PM

Still here. Working and then biking in nearly 100+ temps wears me out

annoyinglittletwerp on August 4, 2013 at 9:47 PM

Resist We Much on August 4, 2013 at 9:41 PM

LOL. That tickled me.

The only calls I am getting is from those with pre-ex and severe med conditions and no Employer benefits.
They are chomping at the bit for subsided cov.
Guess who isn’t calling? Those young healthy people
they need to participate. mmm mmm mmmm
that actuarial assessment is looking really ugly.

bazil9 on August 4, 2013 at 9:47 PM

bazil9 on August 4, 2013 at 9:38 PM
Cowardly: Yes

Stunning: Er, we’re talking about the GOP leadership here.

Resist We Much on August 4, 2013 at 9:45 PM

I didn’t think my “stunning” needed a sarc tag. ;)
Stunning!!! /////

bazil9 on August 4, 2013 at 9:49 PM

We just need to make the Middle East a parking lot and tell any other countries they’re next.

HornetSting on August 4, 2013 at 9:44 PM

This.

predator on August 4, 2013 at 9:46 PM

You didn’t like my suggestion to bring your own KY to the airport? :)

HornetSting on August 4, 2013 at 9:51 PM

they need to participate. mmm mmm mmmm
that actuarial assessment is looking really ugly.

bazil9 on August 4, 2013 at 9:47 PM

We’re being moved to something different soon. I have been notified, but I haven’t read it yet. Something about a PPO?

At this point I just shrug my shoulders and say “whatever.” It’s Illinois, so there will be little resistance from the pols in this state to Obama’s medical onslaught.

predator on August 4, 2013 at 9:51 PM

You didn’t like my suggestion to bring your own KY to the airport? :)

HornetSting on August 4, 2013 at 9:51 PM

I thought everyone did that.

KCB on August 4, 2013 at 9:52 PM

You didn’t like my suggestion to bring your own KY to the airport? :)

HornetSting on August 4, 2013 at 9:51 PM

Liked it fine. But I like the “parking lot” idea better. I understand that extreme heat and sand makes for a fine quality of glass.

Glass parking lots would be pretty, no?

predator on August 4, 2013 at 9:53 PM

Another Chapter 11???

Nalina Shapiro ‏@nalinashapiro4 7m

JUST IN: Rural metro confirms they are filing for ch. 11 in bankruptcy court. The details at 10 and 11. @news4buffalo #breakingnews
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Would Rural/Metro bankruptcy hurt WNY?
Officials don’t want WNYers to worry

Updated: Saturday, 03 Aug 2013, 6:26 PM EDT
Published : Saturday, 03 Aug 2013, 6:26 PM EDT
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http://www.wivb.com/dpp/news/buffalo/would-ruralmetro-bankruptcy-hurt-wny

canopfor on August 4, 2013 at 9:56 PM

So what do they do? Find a rock to crawl under.

But of course! Thats what POS cowards do.

And these people are supposed to represent “our side?” I’ll pass.

There has to be something better.

I am with you man. There is no “our side” for quite sometime. btw..your a Nazi, slave loving,heartless,wacko bird,bigot & hobbit. How dare you or anyone cry out for our border to be secure/visa’s or question the millions of illegal criminals that have invaded our country..How dare you!
Just shut up and bend over.

That is our side…heh.

predator on August 4, 2013 at 9:43 PM

bazil9 on August 4, 2013 at 9:57 PM

Chris Stevens: “Now you tell us”

faraway on August 4, 2013 at 9:57 PM

You didn’t like my suggestion to bring your own KY to the airport? :)

HornetSting on August 4, 2013 at 9:51 PM

Liked it fine. But I like the “parking lot” idea better. I understand that extreme heat and sand makes for a fine quality of glass.

Glass parking lots would be pretty, no?

predator on August 4, 2013 at 9:53 PM

Like an endless ocean..

I just got told to SMD in the headlines….look, it’s a penus, only smaller :)

HornetSting on August 4, 2013 at 9:58 PM

Granted, this is just a wag-the-dog conspiracy theory, at this point, but our government is so corrupt, who knows what to believe anymore?

FloatingRock on August 4, 2013 at 8:46 PM

Winner, winner, chicken fluking dinner!!! Trying to explain wtf is going on nowadays to a lo-fo is nigh impossible, I can barely keep up with it myself. Reminds me of the US Government in Snow Crash (they are not good guys). It’s like the news cycle has become a bad episode of The X-Files (the last season stuff with Doggit and Ruiz or whatever their names were).

Fett on August 4, 2013 at 9:59 PM

We just need to make the Middle East a parking lot and tell any other countries they’re next.

HornetSting on August 4, 2013 at 9:44 PM

+1000

bazil9 on August 4, 2013 at 9:59 PM

MeanWhile,who are the WEST???
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Egypt’s President Morsi removed from power

Report: Western and Arab envoys met senior Muslim Brotherhood leader Khairat El-Shater, Egypt’s state news agency says – @Reuters

6 mins ago from http://www.reuters.com by editor
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Sun Aug 4, 2013 9:50pm EDT

(Reuters) – Western and Arab envoys met senior Muslim Brotherhood leader Khairat El-Shater on Monday at the jail where he is being held, Egypt’s state news agency reported on Monday, contradicting an earlier denial of a visit by the Interior Ministry.

The MENA agency cited an “informed source” as saying the envoys seeking to mediate an end to Egypt’s crisis had received permission from the prosecutor general to visit Shater.

“(The delegation) met Shater from 12 (midnight) until 1 a.m.,” it said.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/05/us-egypt-protests-idUSBRE9710IF20130805

canopfor on August 4, 2013 at 10:03 PM

The White House said top administration officials gathered late Saturday over a terror threat that provoked the State Department to close more than 20 diplomatic posts and issue a worldwide travel alert.

Misdirection.

Question is, will they actually do something to get the pressure of Benghazi off of them, or is this nonsense enough to change the subject?

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 4, 2013 at 10:06 PM

Bill Kristol: A year ago Obama said al-Qaida is on the run, and now WE are on the run

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/08/04/bill-kristol-a-year-ago-obama-said-al-qaida-is-on-the-run-and-now-we-are-on-the-run/#ixzz2b3ZbfMDV

JellyToast on August 4, 2013 at 10:12 PM

National Security Adviser Susan Rice chaired a meeting with 12 administration officials including the secretaries of State, Defense and Homeland Security and the directors of the FBI, CIA and NSA, according to a White House statement…

Old Home Week! Figuring out how they can get to a mutually agreeable version of the truth in less than the 12 steps it took before Susan Rice lied her ass off about Benghazi.

Happy Nomad on August 4, 2013 at 10:12 PM

How is it that we looked the other fricking way for months on end when AQ was plotting an attack in Benghazi, but now we’re going apeshizzat over some terror threat? Huh? esplain that to me wouldja?

ted c on August 4, 2013 at 10:14 PM

is this “embassy closing” just some bullsh!t so that a few folks can go take some vacayshun before school start back up?

ted c on August 4, 2013 at 10:15 PM

National Security Adviser Susan Rice chaired a meeting with 12 administration officials including the secretaries of State, Defense and Homeland Security and the directors of the FBI, CIA and NSA, according to a White House statement…

Overheard at the start of the meeting: “No you ditz, it’s http://www.youtube.com….”

ted c on August 4, 2013 at 10:16 PM

Overheard at the start of the meeting: “No you ditz, it’s http://www.youtube.com….”

ted c on August 4, 2013 at 10:16 PM

“What’s that internet number, again?” — Sooper-Geenyus Joe BiteMe

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on August 4, 2013 at 10:18 PM

National Security Adviser Susan Rice chaired a meeting with 12 administration officials including the secretaries of State, Defense and Homeland Security and the directors of the FBI, CIA and NSA, according to a White House statement…

Susan Rice – the pathological lying imbecile who went on, I belive it was 5 Sunday blab shows, and blamed Benghazi 9/11 on that obscure video. The only thing she could possibly properly chair would be an idiot clown show, and it looks like the heads of State, Defense, DHS, FBI, CIA and NSA would be her performing idiot clowns.

I would not believe a single thing any of them said and wouldn’t trust them to protect anything.

VorDaj on August 4, 2013 at 10:19 PM

Incompetence is the easy answer, but there’s got to be Pros out there who could have managed this well in spite of the Administration.

I think the treat is real; so what gives?

Bruno Strozek on August 4, 2013 at 8:36 PM

Remember that we use local staff as security at these places, and unarmed at that.

The revelation that our Vienna embassy was spending money on electric charging stations while Benghazi went undefended frames the entire issue: we’re so fascinated by what “other people” might be saying about us that we prefer to spend money getting the right gossip instead of the right security.

Each and every one of our embassies ought to project the image of Fortress America, and we ought to fly the Gadsen Flag right under Old Glory. If the president wants to project a weak nation looking for attention, he’s free to drive around in an old Italian convertible when he visits other nations. And if that feels a little exposed and he prefers a hardened, blacked-out limotank, then we finally agree on something.

TexasDan on August 4, 2013 at 10:19 PM

Thank goodness our phone logs, and Google searches helped to find Al Qaeda again.

faraway on August 4, 2013 at 10:20 PM

Has any President in history closed an embassy for a week?

faraway on August 4, 2013 at 10:21 PM

Granted, this is just a wag-the-dog conspiracy theory, at this point, but our government is so corrupt, who knows what to believe anymore?

FloatingRock on August 4, 2013 at 8:46 PM

One… they know it’s the biggest plot since 9/11 and they know the terrorists are in place.. and they know it’s al-Quida… but they don’t know where? We are all just helpless and all we can do is wait for something to blow up? I’ve never seen something like this before.

How could they know so much about who it is.. and that it’s going to happen real real soon.. and they know all the terrorists are in place… but they don’t know where that place is? What were they listening to? Where did the calls originate from and where were they sent to?

And if something really really big is about to happen.. maybe we ought to be water boarding somebody like right about now!

JellyToast on August 4, 2013 at 10:22 PM

And if something really really big is about to happen.. maybe we ought to be water boarding somebody like right about now!

JellyToast on August 4, 2013 at 10:22 PM

I nominate Barky.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on August 4, 2013 at 10:24 PM

http://www.examiner.com/article/obama-s-terror-alert-due-to-same-terrorists-he-seeks-to-arm-syria

Obama’s ‘Terror Alert’ due to same terrorists he seeks to arm in Syria

bazil9 on August 4, 2013 at 10:31 PM

What authorities don’t have is the date, the timing or the target of the attack

“We do not know whether they mean an embassy, an airbase, an aircraft, trains,” the official said…

In other words, even among the lot of them, they don’t have a brain nor a clue.

VorDaj on August 4, 2013 at 10:31 PM

Conservatives are the cause of increasing rates of suicide.

The science is settled,folks. No point in arguing.

predator on August 4, 2013 at 10:34 PM

Remember the good old days of 2009 when Obama’s DHS was looking for right wing extremists?

faraway on August 4, 2013 at 10:34 PM

.. maybe we ought to be water boarding somebody like right about now!

JellyToast on August 4, 2013 at 10:22 PM

I nominate Barky.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on August 4, 2013 at 10:24 PM

Heh heh. Just the thought of that made my night! Heh.

SailorMark on August 4, 2013 at 10:35 PM

The only right wing extremists I know call for balanced budgets and other such dangerous thoughts.

faraway on August 4, 2013 at 10:35 PM

What were they listening to?

JellyToast on August 4, 2013 at 10:22 PM

They could have been listing to old radio broadcasts War of the Worlds or maybe even of Amos and Andy or I Love Lucy for all we know.

VorDaj on August 4, 2013 at 10:36 PM

we’re so fascinated by what “other people” might be saying about us that we prefer to spend money getting the right gossip instead of the right security.

TexasDan on August 4, 2013 at 10:19 PM

I think that’s it in a nutshell; the Donks have painted themselves into a reactionary foreign policy because of 8 years of irrational Bush hatred.

Now them chicks is maken’ their way back to the roost.

W\Current events show we are all the worse for it – but Bark will never be called on it because of his MSM enablers are too comfortable on their kneepads.

Bruno Strozek on August 4, 2013 at 10:37 PM

Clearly the need to waterboard that video maker they have locked up. I’ll bet he knows.

VorDaj on August 4, 2013 at 10:38 PM

Al Qaeda’s not on the run. We are.

Boogey boogey boogey!!!!!

Is anyone but partisan hacks, and Warfare-Police State ideologues buying this theater? Not many that I’ve seen.

Even if it’s true, then maybe the federal government should stop arming and funding al Qaeda.

Anyway, nothing could happen that would ever even begin to justify the existence of their creepy global high tech panopticon.

The enemy’s within!

Rae on August 4, 2013 at 10:39 PM

Gonna test it out soon. ‘Tis a Tauras .40S&W compact 10+1. Got two mags for the price. Dixie Gun and Knife show is great (also got a holster, and ammo is as expensive as I expected).

nobar on August 4, 2013 at 8:39 PM

I think you will like it… Taurus has a bad rap for quality, a leftover from their startup years. My favorite handgun is my Sig P220, but it is too damned big and heavy. My everyday carry gun is a 745 Millenium Pro 6+1 45 cal… Lots of thump in a very small package. I call mine “Thumper”…

Never shot the .40, but I would guess that it has a lot of snap, being polymer and lightweight. Practice a little, get used to it, and no limp-wristing… It should serve you well…

PointnClick on August 4, 2013 at 10:41 PM

They could have been listing to old radio broadcasts War of the Worlds or maybe even of Amos and Andy or I Love Lucy for all we know.

VorDaj on August 4, 2013 at 10:36 PM

Since you mentioned War of the Worlds … here’s one of the greatest albums of all time, Jeff Wayne’s version of War of the Worlds:


Part 1

Part 2

For anyone who has never listened to this, IT. IS. AWESOME!!

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on August 4, 2013 at 10:42 PM

The end of democracy and the defeat of America will occur when government falls into the hands of lending institutions and moneyed incorporations. When the people fear the government there is tyranny, when the government fears the people there is liberty. When tyranny and oppression come to this land it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy. Withholding information is the essence of tyranny. Control of the flow of information is the tool of the dictatorship. Those who are capable of tyranny are capable of perjury to sustain it. Rebellion to tyranny is obedience to God.

Wish I could write like this but I can’t. This is a string of quotes from James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, Bruce Coville and Lysander Spooner. These can be found at http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/tyranny

jpcpt03 on August 4, 2013 at 10:48 PM

Hmmmm,..Prison Breaks Eh:

03 August 2013 – Media release
INTERPOL issues global security alert advising increased vigilance for terrorist activity
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LYON, France – Following a series of prison escapes across nine INTERPOL member countries in the past month alone, including in Iraq, Libya and Pakistan, the INTERPOL General Secretariat headquarters has issued a global security alert advising increased vigilance.

With suspected Al Qaeda involvement in several of the breakouts which led to the escape of hundreds of terrorists and other criminals, the INTERPOL alert requests the Organization’s 190 member countries’ assistance in order to determine whether any of these recent events are coordinated or linked.

INTERPOL is asking its member countries to closely follow and swiftly process any information linked to these events and the escaped prisoners. They are also requested to alert the relevant member country and INTERPOL General Secretariat headquarters if any escaped terrorist is located or intelligence developed which could help prevent another terrorist attack.

Staff at INTERPOL’s 24-hour Command and Coordination Centre and other specialized units are also prioritizing all information and intelligence in relation to the breakouts or terrorist plots in order to immediately inform relevant member countries of any updates.

August is the anniversary of violent terrorist incidents in Mumbai, India and Gluboky, Russia as well as in Jakarta, Indonesia. This week also marks the 15th anniversary of the US Embassy bombings in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in which more than 200 mostly African citizens were killed and 4,000 others injured.

In recent years, terrorist attacks focusing on diplomatic facilities in Afghanistan, Greece, India, Kenya, Libya, Pakistan, Peru, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tanzania, Turkey and Yemen have also resulted in hundreds of casualties of all nationalities.

The US State Department has also issued a global travel alert in response to credible intelligence suggesting that Al-Qaeda and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks between now and 31 August, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa. In addition to the US authorities announcing the one-day closure of more than 20 diplomatic missions on Sunday 4 August, the UK Foreign Office has also confirmed the closure of the British embassy in Yemen on 4 and 5 August.

http://www.interpol.int/News-and-media/News-media-releases/2013/PR091
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http://www.interpol.int/

canopfor on August 4, 2013 at 10:49 PM

I WONDER what the Press WOULD HAVE SAID if all these Embassies were closed without explanation by

George W. mmmmmBOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSH!!!!!

williamg on August 4, 2013 at 10:52 PM

…..because of his BIRTHDAY……..while PLAYING GOLF!!!!

williamg on August 4, 2013 at 10:53 PM

Heads UP:

Former U.S. ambassador to Syria considered for Egypt: sources
WASHINGTON | Sun Aug 4, 2013 10:31pm EDT
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(Reuters) – Former U.S. envoy to Syria Robert Ford is being considered as Washington’s next ambassador to Cairo, sources familiar with internal discussions said on Sunday as U.S. and European mediators sought a peaceful resolution to Egypt’s crisis.

Ford was described as a leading candidate for the post, according to two sources who spoke on condition of anonymity. The State Department declined to comment and Ford did not respond to emails.

Ford, a fluent Arabic speaker, had antagonized Syria’s government with his high-profile support for demonstrators trying to end 41 years of rule by President Bashar al-Assad.

He was withdrawn from Syria briefly in October 2011 because of threats to his safety. He left Damascus for good four months later after the United States suspended embassy operations as the situation in Syria deteriorated.

In May 2013, he briefly crossed into northern Syria to meet with opposition leaders, the highest-ranking U.S. official to go into Syria since its war began.(More…..)
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http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/05/us-usa-egypt-ford-idUSBRE97402620130805?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews

canopfor on August 4, 2013 at 10:59 PM

“strategically significant.”

strategically distracting from phony scandals.

Kenosha Kid on August 4, 2013 at 11:02 PM

Speaking of the MBHoodGoons:
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Trial Set for Brotherhood Officials in Deaths at Anti-Morsi Riots

By BEN HUBBARD and MAYY EL SHEIKH
Published: August 4, 2013
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CAIRO — Three top officials of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood will go on trial on Aug. 25, on charges of inciting members of their group to kill rioters in front of its headquarters during the upheaval that led to President Mohamed Morsi’s ouster on July 3, a Cairo court ruled on Sunday.(More…)
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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/05/world/middleeast/trial-set-for-brotherhood-officials-in-deaths-at-anti-morsi-riots.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

canopfor on August 4, 2013 at 11:02 PM

[onlineanalyst on August 4, 2013 at 9:28 PM]

I believe Bill. Bill is a serious guy. Kerry, not so much.

Dusty on August 4, 2013 at 9:37 PM

Bill WHO? Bill O’Reilly? Or ANY OTHER PERSON named”Bill” who shows up on TV?

NONE of them are “serious” – these are all Unserious MEN!!!

I want EVERY JOURNALIST in America Held Accountable Like Hermann Göring was at NUREMBERG!!

williamg on August 4, 2013 at 11:02 PM

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Derailment shuts down US 190 east of Lawtell – Albany Times Union http://dlvr.it/3lpVhv #BreakingNews

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Update 8 p.m.: Gov. Jindal heading to Lawtell to speak on train derailment

Posted: Aug 4, 2013 8:05 PM by KATC
Updated: Aug 4, 2013 8:27 PM
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http://www.katc.com/news/update-8-p-m-gov-jindal-heading-to-lawtell-to-speak-on-train-derailment/

canopfor on August 4, 2013 at 11:10 PM

YUP!!
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Updated August 4, 2013, 10:46 p.m. ET

Regrouped al Qaeda Poses Global Threat
Embassy Closures, Travel Alerts Reflect Heightened Security
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Widespread U.S. embassy closures and travel alerts prompted by al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen show how the group has proved stubbornly resilient despite more than two years of American strikes against its leaders.

The State Department Sunday extended some embassy closures for the rest of the workweek, citing a need to “exercise caution” and take “appropriate steps” to protect American diplomats, local employees and visitors. Officials said the move wasn’t an indication that the U.S. had any new intelligence about the suspected plot or plots.

The high level of concern from U.S. officials underscores what many in the intelligence world have long warned. While al Qaeda’s central leadership may be weakened, the rest of the group has morphed into smaller entities and dispersed, which has made the threat harder to predict and track. This process was accelerated by the turmoil of the Arab Spring.

Officials briefed on the latest intelligence say the new warnings show that al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, is as determined as ever to attack the West, but it is unclear whether the group is as capable of following through as it was before the Central Intelligence Agency and U.S. military’s Joint Special Operations Command started targeting its leaders in Yemen in parallel campaigns.

The deaths of Osama bin Laden and other top al Qaeda officials in Pakistan has fueled U.S. confidence that al Qaeda’s core leadership can’t mount attacks on the U.S. and that U.S. drone strikes there could be phased out over time. But al Qaeda affiliates, the most active of which is AQAP, have shown themselves to be increasingly capable and autonomous organizations, making it harder for the U.S. to track and target their leaders.

A major concern for the U.S. is AQAP’s chief bomb-maker—a Saudi citizen named Ibrahim al-Asiri—who is thought to still be at large and has been active both experimenting with new bomb designs and training other bomb-makers, according to American officials and analysts.

Beyond Yemen, al Qaeda in Iraq has reconstituted itself. Its branch in Syria is drawing in hundreds of foreign recruits each month. And in Mali, al Qaeda-linked fighters fled French warplanes and commandos and have set up a rudimentary base in the Libyan Desert outside Paris’s reach.

“The problem we face today is there are probably more al Qaeda cells and affiliates across the Arab world in 2013 than there have ever been before because of the chaos that’s followed the Arab Spring,” said Bruce Riedel, a Central Intelligence Agency veteran and now director of the Brookings Intelligence Project.

Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Sunday the terrorism threat that led the Obama administration to close most U.S. embassies in the Middle East is more specific than other recent examples and was directed broadly at Western interests, not just those of the U.S. “There is a significant threat stream, and we are reacting to it,” Mr. Dempsey said in a Sunday interview with ABC News. The exact target of the planned terrorist attack was unspecified, but the aim was clear, Mr. Dempsey said.

On Friday, prompted by the intelligence, the Obama administration issued a world-wide travel alert for all of August.

Initially, U.S. intelligence suggested the attack or attacks could take place on Sunday. But officials believe the U.S.’s public disclosure of the suspected plot may have prompted militants to shift their timeline to a later date, a possibility reflected in Sunday’s decision to keep embassies closed longer.

A senior administration official described the potential threat as “significant.”

“This is probably one of the most specific and credible threats I’ve seen perhaps since 9/11,” said House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R., Texas) on CBS News Sunday.

Mr. McCaul said the threat was notable because of the link to the al Qaeda faction in the Arabian Peninsula. “Their expertise is chemical explosives hitting the aviation sector,” he said.

A debate has been growing for months within U.S. counterterrorism and defense circles about whether U.S. pressure on AQAP is adequate to keep the group from launching new attacks, according to officials involved in the discussions.

A senior counterterrorism official cited concerns the Yemeni government may have curtailed some of its offensives against militants aligned with AQAP in recent weeks. Some intelligence officials believe that means the terror group has been freer to draw up plans to target the West.

American officials made clear to Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi during his visit to Washington last week that “counterterrorism cooperation needs to continue and you guys have to continue to take that threat seriously,” a senior administration official said.

A Yemeni official said he had heard no American complaints about Yemeni pressure on AQAP. The official cited a number of counterterrorism operations by Yemeni forces in June and July and noted that a major focus for American officials meeting with Mr. Hadi during last week’s visit was the pace of the country’s democratic transition.

The embassy closures and travel alerts followed the U.S.’s interception of communications between AQAP leaders who were overheard plotting new attacks against the U.S. and Western interests.

Such intercepted communications sometimes can be suspect because it is difficult to determine whether militants are describing real plans or trying to manipulate spy agencies who they think may be listening in on their conversations.

U.S. officials say they are more confident about the accuracy of the intelligence underpinning the current alerts because other so-called “threat streams” also point to stepped up AQAP plotting. “We get ‘chatter’ all the time. This is a convergence of multiple streams of reporting,” said a senior administration official.

Al Qaeda’s Yemeni affiliate has targeted U.S. airline and naval interests in the past and has an expertise in bomb making.

In 2012, the U.S. launched more than 40 drone and missile strikes against alleged AQAP targets in Yemen. So far this year, there have been approximately one dozen, according to Yemeni officials, who work closely with their U.S. counterparts to support these missions. The U.S. drone war in Yemen is highly unpopular in many parts of the country, as many locals see it as the indiscriminate use of force against rural populations living in the rugged, isolated country.

Bruce Hoffman, director of the Center for Security Studies at Georgetown University, said the pummeling AQAP has taken from drone strikes may have led some outsiders to overestimate the extent to which the group’s operational capacities have been diminished.

The death of several high-ranking members of the group and the absence of any serious threats for more than a year “may have lulled us into thinking the threat from that group had passed,” he said.
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http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323420604578648482570494670.html

canopfor on August 4, 2013 at 11:19 PM

Hornet, I nominate you for Sec. of Defense.

This assumes the goons had a grip.

Schadenfreude on August 4, 2013 at 11:20 PM

White House Losing Its Grip on the Middle East?

Resist We Much on August 4, 2013 at 11:11 PM

Resist We Much:No kidding,and,..I hate when this happens!:O

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323420604578648482570494670.html

canopfor on August 4, 2013 at 11:22 PM

US State Department response to unspecified al-Qaida threat

UK embassy in Yemen to stay shut until end of Eid festival on Thursday over ‘continuing security concerns’ – @BBCNews

6 mins ago from http://www.bbc.co.uk by editor
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-23570832

canopfor on August 4, 2013 at 11:23 PM

This is hilarious.

Schadenfreude on August 4, 2013 at 11:26 PM

This is hilarious.

Schadenfreude on August 4, 2013 at 11:26 PM

Schadenfreude:O
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canopfor on August 4, 2013 at 11:32 PM

Oh ShIt,now were on a roll,er ITS About BOINKING Time:

Petition calls for White House to declare Muslim Brotherhood terrorist group

By Perry Chiaramonte
Published August 04, 2013
FoxNews.com
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A new petition on the White House website asks the administration to declare the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization.

The request was posted on petitions.whitehouse.gov on July 7 and quickly garnered more than the 100,000 signature requirement for the Obama administration to officially consider the request.

&quotDeclare Muslim Brotherhood organization as a terrorist group,&quot was written within days of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, who drew much of his support from the group, being removed from power by the military in early July.

The petition states, “Muslim Brotherhood has a long history of violent killings & terrorizing opponents. Also MB has direct ties with most terrorist groups like Hamas.(More….)

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/08/04/petition-calls-for-white-house-to-declare-muslim-brotherhood-terrorists/#ixzz2b3uvRrc4
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http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/08/04/petition-calls-for-white-house-to-declare-muslim-brotherhood-terrorists/

canopfor on August 4, 2013 at 11:35 PM

Hey! Back from my bubble bath……did Capitalist Hog get banned????

HornetSting on August 4, 2013 at 11:39 PM

Moderation perhaps.

Bmore on August 4, 2013 at 11:44 PM

How dumb are these critters?

Schadenfreude on August 4, 2013 at 11:45 PM

Just the start I believe.

Bmore on August 4, 2013 at 11:47 PM

Hey! Back from my bubble bath……did Capitalist Hog get banned????

HornetSting on August 4, 2013 at 11:39 PM

Women shouldn’t feed men’s imaginations with words like “bubble bath” and images like “slippery”…..when they are alone…….

Was it perfumed?

williamg on August 4, 2013 at 11:48 PM

Hey! Back from my bubble bath……did Capitalist Hog get banned????

HornetSting on August 4, 2013 at 11:39 PM

Women shouldn’t feed men’s imaginations with words like “bubble bath” and images like “slippery”…..when they are alone…….

Was it perfumed?

williamg on August 4, 2013 at 11:48 PM

Delicate notes of lavender and lemon balm.
Now, focus man! Did the bigot Hog get banned?

HornetSting on August 4, 2013 at 11:52 PM

Moderation perhaps. ^^^^^

Bmore on August 4, 2013 at 11:53 PM

Hey! Back from my bubble bath……did Capitalist Hog get banned????

HornetSting on August 4, 2013 at 11:39 PM

HornetSting:Lol,remember Slippery When Wet!:)
(sarc)
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Bon Jovi – Slippery When Wet
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canopfor on August 4, 2013 at 11:53 PM

Did the bigot Hog get banned?

HornetSting on August 4, 2013 at 11:52 PM

HornetSting:Not sure?:)

canopfor on August 4, 2013 at 11:54 PM

Kinda surprised you hadn’t seen that Schadenfreude. ; ) glad you did.

Bmore on August 4, 2013 at 11:54 PM

How dumb are these critters?

Schadenfreude on August 4, 2013 at 11:45 PM

Schadenfreude:Victimism eh!:)

canopfor on August 4, 2013 at 11:56 PM

“When you look at this map of U.S. embassies that are closed, twenty-two of them, most of them across the Muslim world, when you hear this global warning to all Americans to take care, what do you think that says?” Crowley asked. “Since the mission of terrorists is to terrorize, in some sense do you feel as if they’ve already won?”

Closed embassies? How about: every free US citizen who wishes to fly must undergo intrusive personal inspections whether they want to or not. And we can’t call it a war against Islam.

Yeah, that’s my definition of ” they’ve won.”

Cleombrotus on August 4, 2013 at 11:59 PM

Only if the sex pistol is a pistol shrimp and owns rock lobster mittens. :-)

Resist We Much on August 4, 2013 at 9:34 PM

I’m glad someone knows what the H is going on.

Hey, can you put in a good word for me with the twitchy people? I need to schmooz since there is no way they would mention me based on what I write.

I can make some funny animal noises though. Maybe I could upload some sample mp3s of my work?

SparkPlug on August 5, 2013 at 12:00 AM

Hey! Back from my bubble bath……did Capitalist Hog get banned????

HornetSting on August 4, 2013 at 11:39 PM

Kinda surprised you hadn’t seen that Schadenfreude. ; ) glad you did.

Bmore on August 4, 2013 at 11:54 PM

Hadn’t been there until Hornet mentioned, above.

This is the logic of a leftist:

The rest applies the you and/or the other silent anti-gay haters.

Now either own up or shut up.

Capitalist Hog on August 4, 2013 at 5:33 PM

Dummy doesn’t even realize.

Schadenfreude on August 5, 2013 at 12:01 AM

Moderation perhaps. ^^^^^

Bmore on August 4, 2013 at 11:53 PM

Thanks.
Yeah, I was making CW’s point while discussing the Hog, and he told me to SMD.

HornetSting on August 5, 2013 at 12:01 AM

Delicate notes of lavender and lemon balm.
Now, focus man! Did the bigot Hog get banned?

HornetSting on August 4, 2013 at 11:52 PM

Oh, GOOD LORD!! You have shattered any capability I might have for rational or coherent thought like at 12-year old’s errant baseball careening through a “Delicate Glass Art and Statues” store!!

….I Hope you’re Happy!…….

williamg on August 5, 2013 at 12:02 AM

Looks like he’s stuck. No pun intended. ; )

Bmore on August 5, 2013 at 12:03 AM

Oh, GOOD LORD!! You have shattered any capability I might have for rational or coherent thought like a 12-year old’s errant baseball careening through a “Delicate Glass Art and Statues” store!!

….I Hope you’re Happy!…….

williamg on August 5, 2013 at 12:04 AM

Since you people prolly aren’t versed in numerology let me splain it to you.

Ok it’s august. That’s an 8. Tomorrow is Monday the 5th.

8+5 = 13.

Now add 20. That gives 2013.

That is the year in which august the 5th occurred. And I tell you it’s no coincidence either.

SparkPlug on August 5, 2013 at 12:04 AM

Delicate notes of lavender and lemon balm.
Now, focus man! Did the bigot Hog get banned?

HornetSting on August 4, 2013 at 11:52 PM

Oh, GOOD LORD!! You have shattered any capability I might have for rational or coherent thought like at 12-year old’s errant baseball careening through a “Delicate Glass Art and Statues” store!!

….I Hope you’re Happy!…….

williamg on August 5, 2013 at 12:02 AM

I AM happy. Lol

I wanted to bring the HOG for a piñata party.

HornetSting on August 5, 2013 at 12:05 AM

How am I supposed to explain numerology when some hotties are taking bubble baths?

That gets me flustered.

SparkPlug on August 5, 2013 at 12:07 AM

Since you people prolly aren’t versed in numerology let me splain it to you.

Ok it’s august. That’s an 8. Tomorrow is Monday the 5th.

8+5 = 13.

Now add 20. That gives 2013.

That is the year in which august the 5th occurred. And I tell you it’s no coincidence either.

SparkPlug on August 5, 2013 at 12:04 AM

Is it finally the year of the Pistol Shrimp or are we just gonna get terrorized with another panty bomber?

HornetSting on August 5, 2013 at 12:07 AM

Delicate notes of lavender and lemon balm.
Now, focus man! Did the bigot Hog get banned?

HornetSting on August 4, 2013 at 11:52 PM

He is focused. Just not on your question. ;-)

AZfederalist on August 5, 2013 at 12:09 AM

Delicate notes of lavender and lemon balm.
Now, focus man! Did the bigot Hog get banned?

HornetSting on August 4, 2013 at 11:52 PM

He is focused. Just not on your question. ;-)

AZfederalist on August 5, 2013 at 12:09 AM

Lol, Arizona.
Sounds like you need a bat and a large trunk to keep your senators in line.

HornetSting on August 5, 2013 at 12:11 AM

It’s HARD…..it’s DARN HARD living in these times when THIS is all that you see when you look into your Mind’s Eye………….

williamg on August 4, 2013 at 11:59 PM

williamg:LSD would help:)
(sarc)

canopfor on August 5, 2013 at 12:12 AM

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