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9/11 Remembrance: A Time for Unity

Posted by yoMcLovin on September 11, 2010

“Rest In Peace to the innocent people who lost their lives, in NYC, Washington, D.C. & Pennsylvania. And those who died as a result of the ensuing wars in Afghanistan & Iraq.”

The anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks in the United States is a time for Americans to remember they are “one nation under God” — no matter what that God is called, U.S. President Barack Obama said Friday.

Saturday will mark nine years since the deadly attacks, committed by Islamic militants, which killed nearly 3,000 people in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Penn.

In recent months, events like the proposed burning of the Qur’an in Florida and the outcry over a proposed Islamic cultural centre near Ground Zero have uncovered deep-seated feelings of suspicion and resentment toward Muslims.

Brooklyn firefighters George Johnson, left, Dan McWilliams, centre, and Billy Eisengrein raise a flag at the World Trade Center in New York on Sept. 11, 2001.

Obama attributed those feelings in part to the struggling U.S. economy.

I think that at a time when the country is anxious generally and going through a tough time, then fears can surface, suspicions, divisions can surface in a society,” Obama told reporters at a press conference Friday morning.

He harkened back to the days and months following the Sept. 11 attacks, praising then President George W. Bush, whom he more often criticizes, for being “crystal-clear about the fact that [America was] not at war with Islam.

And I will do everything that I can … to remind the American people that we are one nation under God, and we may call that God different names but we remain one nation,” he said.

I think it is absolutely important now for the overwhelming majority of the American people to hang on to that thing that is best in us, a belief in religious tolerance, clarity about who our enemies are — our enemies are al-Qaeda and their allies who are trying to kill us.”

We have to make sure that we don’t start turning on each other.”

As in other years, official ceremonies are planned Saturday in each of the three locations that were struck.

Obama will attend a commemoration at the Pentagon, while Vice-President Joe Biden will attend the ceremony at Ground Zero. First lady Michelle Obama and former first lady Laura Bush will travel to Shanksville to observe the anniversary there.

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President Obama declares end to Iraq war, pledging it’s ‘time to turn the page’ and focus on economy [Video Inside] #presidentOBAMAwin

Posted by yoMcLovin on September 1, 2010

The NYDailyNews reports:

WASHINGTON – A somber President Obama declared an end to the long and costly Iraq war Tuesday night, pledging he now intends to “turn the page” to America’s economic revival.

“The American combat mission in Iraq has ended,” Obama told the nation in an 18-minute address, only his second from the Oval Office. “Operation Iraqi Freedom is over, and the Iraqi people now have lead responsibility for the security of their country.”

The U.S. will help Iraq develop a stable government and keep up the increasingly difficult fight in Afghanistan, he pledged. But Obama asserted that “our central mission as a people and my central responsibility as President” is reinvigorating the limping economy at home.

“Today, our most urgent task is to restore our economy and put the millions of Americans who have lost their jobs back to work,” he said.

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The leader speaking from the Oval Office on Tuesday night was not the anti-war candidate of 2008.

Thank goodness for that.

President Obama praised the fact that “the Iraqi people now have lead responsibility for the security of their country,” even though he opposed the troop surge that made it possible to turn the tide against the insurgency.

He hailed “a belief that out of the ashes of war, a new beginning could be born in this cradle of civilization,” even though he opposed the conflict from the start.

He commended the troops for defeating “a regime that had terrorized its people,” when the fact is Saddam Hussein would probably still be in power today if not for the war.

Many will seize on the awkwardness of Obama giving credit to George W. Bush and the “dumb war” (Obama’s words) he started. But when a President gets handed the keys to the country, he has to adjust to national security realities.

Obama didn’t want to invade Iraq, as he delicately acknowledged Tuesday night. But the responsibility to make the best of it, and wind down the war, fell to him. He sucked it up, followed through with the surge and did what he promised, ending U.S. combat operations there.

In other words, he behaved like a responsible commander in chief. Let that be a lesson to those, especially on the far right, who seek to delegitimize all Obama says and does.

Obama’s most rabid right-wing enemies must get used to it: This is America’s President. This is the troops’ commander. Whether you like it or not, at least until 2012.

Disagree with him. Disagree with him vociferously if you want. Dissent is perfectly American. But stop trying to smear him as un-American. That’s sick and corrosive.

Do the majority of Republicans – who, according to a new Newsweek poll, reportedly believe that Obama “sympathizes with the goals of Islamic fundamentalists who want to impose Islamic law around the world” – really grasp what they’re suggesting?

Does Rush Limbaugh, who calls “Imam Hussein Obama” an “anti-American President,” have no shame?

Do these people understand that in Afghanistan, Obama has escalated a front-line war against Islamic fundamentalists?

Do they know that in P***stan, Obama is ordering far more drone strikes against Islamist radicals than his predecessor did?

Again: Disagreement is perfectly patriotic. But by unscrupulously attacking the patriotism of the commander in chief, rabid Obama haters are toying with the people whose service they claim to salute.

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Fidel Castro Claims Osama Bin Laden Is A U.S. Spy Used By The Bush Administration to stir up fear

Posted by yoMcLovin on August 31, 2010

Fidel Castro has said Osama bin Laden is in the pay of the CIA and was summoned up whenever George W Bush needed to scare the world.

“Any time Bush would stir up fear and make a big speech, bin Laden would appear threatening people with a story about what he was going to do,” Mr Castro said.

“Bush never lacked for bin Laden’s support. He was a subordinate.”

Mr Castro made his remarks during a meeting with Lithuanian-born writer Daniel Estulin known for advancing conspiracy theories about world domination.

He said documents posted on WikiLeaks.org, the website that released thousands of classified US documents about the war in Afghanistan, “effectively proved he was a CIA agent”.

However, the former Cuban president – who himself became America’s enemy no.1 and survived multiple assassination attempts by the CIA – did not further elaborate.

During the meeting, Mr Estulin told Mr Castro that the real voice of bin Laden was last heard in late 2001, not long after the September 11 attacks.

He said the person heard making warnings about terror attacks after that was a “bad actor”.

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