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Obama To Sell B-2 Bomber Blueprints To China To Pay Off Debt The Defense Department is reportedly furious with Obama's proposal to sell blueprints of the B-2 Spirit stealth bomber to the People's Republic.  Gates has flatly rejected Obama's plan, but has since been asked to step down if he will not facilitate the process.

According to the deal, the United States would sell the plans for the B-2, along with radar-absorbing paints and metals in exchange for $50 billion in debt relief.  The B-2 cost the US government $23 billion to develop in the 1980s.

According to the Administration, this proposal will help the United States resolve its debt issues.  They point out their belief that the B-2 bomber is "strategically obsolete", according to a source in the White House Press Office.  In addition, the source claims that the Chinese would be unable to create their own functioning stealth bomber fleet for "at least eight years."

American allies Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea are very wary of the proposal. Koo Syi, a geopolitical analyst from South Korea, points out that this technology could be passed to China's allies.  This was the case when Chinese nuclear technology was transferred to Pakistan and North Korea. According to Koo, Obama has rendered US allies' opinions as "irrelevant."

While this proposal is controversial, it is not being presented to Congress, where it could meet with stern opposition.  Instead, the State Department has been informed to assist the Defense Department with the transfer of materials.

There have been questions about the veracity of this report.  I did find the article at istockanalyst.com and investment-blog.net, as well as jumpinginpools.blogspot.com, but it is not confirmed.
Protecting American Muslims The Attorney General released the following statement relating to Obama’s historic speech today in Cairo, Egypt:

"The President's pledge for a new beginning between the United States and the Muslim community takes root here in the Justice Department where we are committed to using criminal and civil rights laws to protect Muslim Americans.  A top priority of this Justice Department is a return to robust civil rights enforcement and outreach in defending religious freedoms and other fundamental rights of all of our fellow citizens in the workplace, in the housing market, in our schools and in the voting booth.

"There are those who will continue to want to divide by fear -- to pit our national security against our civil liberties -- but that is a false choice.  We have a solemn responsibility to protect our people while we also protect our principles."

"A top priority of this Justice Department is a return to robust civil rights enforcement" -- as if civil rights were trampled from 2001 to 2009.

And if you wish he would issue a statement on protecting Americans from the Islamic jihad, you're just continuing "to want to divide by fear."
Back Off! Remember that time when we had a wall between the FBI and the CIA, and then 9/11 happened, and then we all concluded that the only thing dumber than fighting a terrorist war via law enforcement was doing it badly?  Good times:

However, politics have proved obstructive to all facets of counterterrorism policy.  And politics may have been at play in the Muhammad case as well as in other cases involving Black Muslim converts...  STRATFOR heard from sources that the FBI and other law enforcement organizations had been ordered to "back off" of counterterrorism investigations into the activities of Black Muslim converts.  At this point, it is unclear to us if that guidance was given by the White House or the Department of Justice, or if it was promulgated by the agencies themselves, anticipating the wishes of Barack Obama and Eric Holder...

Many FBI supervisors are reluctant to authorize investigations that they believe may have negative blow-back on their career advancement.  In light of this institutional culture, and the order to be careful in investigations relating to Black Muslim converts, it would not be at all surprising to us if a supervisor refused to authorize a full-field investigation of Muhammad that would have included surveillance of his activities...  Had the FBI opened a full-field investigation on Muhammad, and had it conducted surveillance on him, it would have been able to watch him participate in preoperational activities such as conducting surveillance of potential targets and obtaining weapons.

You'll be heartened to know that America's national security isn't totally compromised.  The FBI presumably still has carte blanche to conduct five year witch hunts against leading American Jews.  On account of the acute threat that they pose, you see.

And of course it's unfair to blame the FBI's abject failure just on institutional culture.  At least some of it probably has to do with how they've embraced Obama's pre-9/11 mindset and mused about shifting agents away from counterterrorism.  At least Obama hasn't made the remaining ones our front line of defense.
Obama Flunks American History 101 Speaking at the University of Cairo, Obama said that Americans are indebted to Islam for the great contributions Muslims have made to the history and development of the United States.

"I know that Islam has always been a part of America’s story," Obama told the throng of unenlightened Muslims.  "The first nation to recognize my country was Morocco... and since our founding, American Muslims have enriched the United States."

Obama went on to say:  "They [Muslims] have fought in our wars.  They have served in our government.  They have stood for civil rights.  They have started businesses.  They have taught at our universities.  They’ve excelled in our sports arenas.   They’ve won Nobel Prizes, built our tallest building and lit the Olympic torch.  And when the first Muslim American was recently elected to Congress, he took the oath to defend our Constitution using the same holy Koran that one of our founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson, kept in his personal library."

No one at the Egyptian University or the international media took issue with Obama’s bizarre interpretation of American history, let alone his confusion of the Nation of Islam (the religion of Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X) that bears scant similarity to orthodox Islam.  The Nation of Islam teach that Allah in the flesh was a bona fide nutcase named Wallace Fard and that Eli Muhammad, a conman with a tested IQ of 70 and not the Prophet Muhammad, was the true last prophet of Allah.

Let’s set the record straight once and for all.

Sorry, Barack Hussein, but there were no Muslims among the passengers on the Mayflower or the settlers at Jamestown.  Muslims were conspicuously absent from the ranks of George Washington’s Army of the Revolution and played no role in the creation of the American republic -- save for the fact that the new country’s first declaration of war was against the forces of Islam in the form of the Barbary pirates.

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Abstract, Vapid, And Self-Absorbed

Krauthammer on Obama's Cairo speech  (02:23)

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