I ask the question, what's the biggest threat to America, because there seems to be so many threats to our beloved country today. I also ask because once we identify the threats, we must be up to the challenge of confronting and neutralizing these threats. I'm talking about threats from within our borders as well as from the rest of the world. I also ask because we need to think about these threats as we elect a new president.
Two nuclear experts, Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) workers and their driver, were kidnapped in Sheikh Badin, a town in militancy-hit Dera Ismail Khan district, while on a routine visit to conduct a geological survey for mineral exploration in the mountainous area, which adjoins Pakistan’s lawless tribal regions. The threats in Pakistan are real.
The nuclear threat from places like Pakistan, North Korea, Iran, are real, but even more dangerous are the threats within the U.S. borders. The risk of a terrorist attack on a nuclear research reactor on an American college campus, and the potential consequences, have been underestimated by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, according to Congressional auditors. Yes, power reactors are surrounded by fences, guard towers and open space, and concrete barriers, but the research reactors are often located in buildings on densely populated campuses and the “first responders” who would arrive if intruders set off an alarm are likely to be unarmed campus police officers who are untrained is how to properly respond.
A pair of Russian TU-95 Bear bombers overflew the US aircraft carrier USS Nimitz in the western Pacific at an altitude of 2,000 feet (660 meters) over the weekend, prompting four F-18 US fighter jets to scramble. This is the second time since July 2004 that a Russian Bear bomber has overflown a US aircraft carrier, previously the USS Kitty Hawk in the Sea of Japan. Japanese F-15 fighters had earlier scrambled to intercept another pair of Bear bombers, and escorted them out of the area.
Michael Cutler has written about the movement of cash out of the United States through remittances and other methods by illegal aliens who came here with the single-minded focus of securing illegal employment to send money home to assist their family members. In his latest article, That Sucking Sound Is Money Leaving the United States, he writes:
This article, originally published in the Christian Science Monitor, focuses on the impact of the reduction in the value of the dollar on the illegal aliens who are draining billions of dollars out of our nation's economy – but nothing is said about the impact of this loss of money on the economy of the United States and on the ability of the average American to meet his expenses.
Not one candidate for President of the United States seems to be ready to secure our borders. To me, this is a big part of securing the homeland.
America could come to resemble New York City by 2050, when one in five residents will have been born in another country if immigration flows hold at the current rate, a study published yesterday by the Pew Hispanic Center said. The study's projections found that non-Hispanic whites will become a minority in less than 50 years, while both the Hispanic and Asian populations will have tripled in size.
A new alert from Homeland Security predicts suicide bombers inside American borders, dressed like pregnant women, using prosthetics to hide explosives. It was only a matter of time before this kind of terror threat hit the US. Are we prepared? Think of Israel, Iraq, and other places where this tactic is used. Will they be using American citizens or people who are in our country illegally?
The FBI is warning lawmakers that China has more than 3,000 "front" companies in the US whose real purpose is to direct espionage efforts. In Canada, similar warnings involving an estimated 500 firms have fallen on deaf ears. The situation is now being called the most significant threat to North America's security.
Even before the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, security experts were becoming increasingly concerned about the vulnerability of U.S. computer systems and associated infrastructure. Now combating both state-sponsored and terrorist sponsored use of the internet against America is a great challenge. Do we have our best technical minds working on the problem?
State-Sponsored Threats. A widely publicized cyber assault against Estonia in 2007 increased suspicions that adversarial states are using malicious online activity as a tool of national policy. [snip]
Senior defense analysts believe that China has undertaken a sustained effort to develop information warfare capabilities to achieve "electromagnetic dominance" over the United States and other potential competitors. Security experts believe that the Chinese government orchestrated a sophisticated cyber-espionage effort known as Titan Rain, which downloaded information from hundreds of unclassified defense and civilian networks. (more)
This week four people have been arrested in the United States for allegedly passing secret defense information to China, including information on America's space program, space shuttle, the C-17 military transport aircraft and the Delta IV rocket, 24 secret manuals relating to the B-1 Bomber, and more, for the benefit of China.
Military prosecutors have decided to seek the death penalty for six Guantánamo detainees, including Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and a man labeled the "20th hijacker" who was denied entry to the United States in the month before the attacks, who are set to be charged with having central roles in the Sept. 11 attacks, which makes me wonder what a new president will do when we capture terrorists. Will they approve of trials here in the United States with American attorneys and all the privileges of American courts? Surely not.
The U.S. military insists these documents are authentic and they provide a rare insight into an organization thrown into turmoil by the rise of the Awakening movement. More than 80,000 Sunnis have joined the tribal groups of “concerned local citizens” (CLC) that have helped to eject al-Qaeda from swaths of western and northern Iraq, including much of Baghdad. (more at Islamanazi)
We need leaders in Washington who understand the threats we face, who are willing to stand up and do what's right to defeat those threats. I don't think Clinton or Obama are right for the job.
A Flag Obama Supporters Salute?, from Captain's Quarters:
Oh, my. Barack Obama may want to call his new Houston office and suggest some decorating ideas. Take a look at the flag flying in the office at the moment:
Also Obama's wife once told him, "Don't THINK, FEEL." (via Fox News Channel) Wow. Is that what you want in a President? Someone who makes policy and decisions on his touchy-feely inner baby?
John McCain has accepted funds from George Soros since 2001 and also accepted funds from Teresa Kerry. What does that say about him? Nothing good for Conservatives. It's things like this that cause Conservatives to say:
Since that time [the Republican Revolution of 1994], the conservative base has seen the Republican Party go astray. From runaway spending, to big government programs, to assaults on our First Amendment rights to amnesty for illegal aliens, conservatives have become disheartened. Conservatives are told to be loyal to the Republican Party, yet the Republican Party has shown no loyalty to the conservative base. Conservatives are told to fall in line and work for Republican candidates, yet Republican candidates are not working for conservatives.
... conservatives need assurances that core conservative principles will be implemented by our Republican presidential nominee and other Republican officials (more)
No, we don't wans promises because we can't believe a word they say. Very sad.
So what's a voter to do? I suppose we will have to choose which threat is the most important to us and vote for the person strongest in that area. Trouble is -- there ISN'T ONE.
"Lib-er-al, noun, (1) Someone so open-minded that their brains have fallen out." --Chuck Muth
In Good News:
Top Taliban Commander Mansoor Dadullah captured in a gunfight near Zhob, in Baluchistan province Pakistan, after being seriously wounded in western Pakistan. Also important, Pakistan's ambassador to Afghanistan, Tariq Azizuddin, went missing in the tribal regions traveling by car between Peshawar and the Afghan border.
Dadullah rose to prominence after his brother, Mullah Dadullah, was killed by British special forces last May. His death marked a major blow for the Taliban, even if he was something of a renegade. In late December, the Taliban leader, Mullah Omar, said Dadullah had been expelled from the movement for insubordination. (more)
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