Friday, January 23, 2009

Gitmo, Cultists, and Facebook...Why I Need A Life

Rick end of week one, how'd he do?via Twitter - 3:03pm - Comment - Show Comments
(to my readers: this is rick sanchez's twitter comment on his facebook page. today's question was designed to elicit a response from facebooker's on how the resident elect is doing)

Connor Holleb at 3:04pm January 23
I say hi mister. I am king! Be he has nothing. Good show!
Angela Jones at 3:05pm January 23 via Facebook Mobile
he is doing good...taking initiative...hope that he keeps it up!
Bruce A. Smith at 3:06pm January 23
I believe he has done a great job at least he is trying to fulfill his promise. Go President Obama
Machlie Darkchocolatefbaddict Bastien at 3:07pm January 23 via Facebook Mobile
Rick Sanchez Is CNN King! Then Anderson Cooper!! ;) Keep Up the Amazing work!
Nick Guillory at 3:07pm January 23
That was cool watching you type a status out...
Connor Holleb at 3:07pm January 23
Long live Rick Sanchez King! Filet!
Rhonda Thomas Almarode at 3:08pm January 23
He definitely hit the ground running...has taken charge of the White House with a confidence and authority I don't remember seeing before this early on. Go Obama! :)
Carole Ursetti at 3:09pm January 23
He's moving amazingly fast. It's obvious he's been doing his homework and is utilizing his resources. This is the type of leadership we've needed for the last eight years!!
Amy at 3:10pm January 23
rick, would you like opinions from those who didn't buy the hype?
Tina Wunderlich at 3:10pm January 23
better than any president in recent memory - and perfection in completing his campaign promise.
James Christian at 3:12pm January 23
He has definitely come in office prepared. It's great to finally have a President with a high intelligence quotient!
Amy at 3:12pm January 23
when we're attacked again, i wonder what all of you hopey changey people will think of his relaxed stance on terrorism.
Frank J Plummer at 3:15pm January 23
To early to judge on results but I'm impressed with his quick action to control the parasitic lobbyists by telling his staff they cannot take part in decisions they lobbied and cannot work as a lobbyist for two years after leaving.

I really feel bad for the folks whom were denied access to the swearing in ceromony due to the incompetent people who ran it. The x-ray machines kept going down at the Blue Gate which was run by the TSA. The Capitol Police should have opened the gates earlier then 8:15. All the support staff at the gates were there by 6:30 am but they just milled around drinking coffee while the american public froze waiting to be allowed entry. Then people were denied after waiting through all this. I saw better crowd control at the circus.
Rita M Yogananda at 3:18pm January 23
he really means business for this country i think he really loves this country, more so then I thats for sure
Taffi Beautifull Williams at 3:18pm January 23
Hey do are you wishing an attack on us. What type of patriot would do that? And us hopey changey people see a better America without ruining our stance around the world. What did you say when Bush took office and we had an attack? I guess he was relaxed on terrorism as well. Quit being a grinch, and a hater.... Period!
Amy at 3:20pm January 23
taffi, 9/11 was planned before bush took office. know your facts. btw, i'm a dem and a clinton supporter. i'm glad you're worried about how we appear to the world; i'm more worried about the inevitability of being attacked again. the unraveling of our security measures is unspeakable.
James Christian at 3:25pm January 23
Bush just read the book Pet Goat to a group of elementary school kids for nine minutes after he was told about the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Great response there, huh!
Amy at 3:28pm January 23
sorry all you know is derived from the media. i'm sure you were behind the scenes as they scrambled to put a plan in place. again, this was planned before their administration took office, and i have never voted for bush, but he handled the aftermath rather well. are you in ny, james? i lost someone in the towers- we see it differently.
Scott K Reichmeister at 3:29pm January 23
Bush, what a total disgrace to the human race, the USA and the world at large. One of the worst presidents in modern times. Saw a poll, majority of the people of this country feel this guy was a total failure. So true so true.

-Nioshii Wilde
at 3:32pm January 23
Amy, you have clearly bought into fear hype, no telling from where but likely the ratings-challenged-by-RickFaux News channel or right wing radio.
Refresher course on FACTS: bush & team had the intell briefing "bin Laden determined to attack inside US..." and he went on vaca, condi played piano, cheney prob went HUI (Hunting Under Influence). No matter when the planning began, he had notice and he did NOT keep us safe. He wasn't inaugurated on Sept 12 2001.
If it's "inevitable" that we'll be attacked again, why are you blaming anyone? And why would we abdicate our American princlple regardless? -N-
Emilia Guerriero Cullen at 3:33pm January 23
"nothing wrong but almost everything right" LOL

Scott K Reichmeister at 3:35pm January 23
I agree, 9-11 was planned years before it happened by the Bush Family and their buddies plus the Neo-Cons. They wanted it to happen, cause how the hell could they have gotten away with what they got away with if not for some major event like that. You scare the population to hell and back and they will let you do anything. It was also for OIL. So glad those SOB's are gone for good.
Amy at 3:36pm January 23
nioshi, i'm sorry that your intellect is lacking. the report you refer to was placed on rice's desk. they had absolutely no warning as to where or when such an event would take place. the mere title of that memo only states their intent. they had attacked us before in the 90's on the watch of bill clinton. i do not blame him either. they attacked the u.s.s. cole and various embassies. who is to blame? you all suffer from bush derangement syndrome, rather than thanking him for sparing us for 7 years.
the elimination of security measures as obama's first act, is deplorable.
principles? these are terrorists.
Eric Stroo at 3:37pm January 23
Our President, in three or four days, seems more in command than Bush did in 8 years
Sonja Bruce at 3:38pm January 23
Amy , your bad attitude and obvious bitterness is exactly what gets people like me fired up and makes us love OUR President even more. Stop being one of those bitter women that give the rest of us a bad name. If anything now is the time to look to the future and at least give this man a chance to make things right. It's time for America to stop being an isolationist country and be aware that yes, the rest of the world is watching. And that's not necessarily a bad thing. Oh, and you're not the only one who lost someone in the 9.11, so stop trying to make it sound like you speak for everyone. If you're so fearful of another attack, I suggest you go to Canada and quit complaining.
Rose Moreno at 3:39pm January 23
C'mon, Rick. Give the guy a chance to catch his breath. Talk to me after the first100 days.
Amy at 3:39pm January 23
scott, i've studied those conspiracy theories too. my conclusion is that bush had nothing to do with the planning of this heinous act. the far left will be the death of us all, and i'm speaking as a now former democrat.
Amy at 3:40pm January 23
sonja, since rick is reading this, i won't respond the way i ordinarily would. consider yourself not worthy to be answered.
James Morris at 3:42pm January 23
Chomsky thinks he is like Bush with the Gaza crisis at least!:

Noam Chomsky: Obama’s Stance on Gaza Crisis “Approximately the Bush Position”

Cry for help unanswered as his kin in Gaza are killed:
Samantha Sharpe Peel at 3:46pm January 23
I think Obama is doing a great job. It's nice to finally be PROUD of our President. Not worried about seeing Obama made fun of on Leno on a nightly basis!
Frank J Plummer at 3:46pm January 23
Regarding terrorisim and how we respond. I'm a Marine Infantry veteren. Nothing boils my blood more then politicians whom never served and scraped thier buddies up and put them in a body bag. I despise people who are so quick to drop bombs in civilian sites when they never witnessed innocent children whose bodies were torn to bits of flesh and blood.We made Sadamm who he was, we gave him the chemical weapons he used on his people. He was not respondsible for 9/11 we all know it was Al Queda! so did we get the leader? nope he still lives after we have backrupted ourselves by allowing defense contractors to rape us and provide terrible support. Next war should be the one against our demons within our country destroying and stealing anything not nailed down.
-Nioshii Wilde at 3:46pm January 23
Amy, I am going to model Pres Obama's behavior and try to find common ground with you despite your evident hostility.
I hope that you find peace within yourself and won't lower yourself and sacrifice your own principles in the face of those who are seduced by their devils rather than the angels within them, ~N~
Scott K Reichmeister at 3:47pm January 23
Amy , think what you want. The Repugs are out. They ruined everything. Do you even see how bad things are out there or are you blind or do you not care cause you are one of those rich people that could care less about the rest of us?
Thom Robinson at 3:51pm January 23
I have to say that all you people that have been changed because of Obama's inauguration and feel the world is a better place or have become an American citizen again have the same feeling when we are attacked again on our US soil. Gitmo is just the beginning. And what a ridiculous comment that he has done more in 3 - 4 days than Bush did in 8 years Eric.
Amy at 3:55pm January 23
i love rick, and i find it hilarious to see that he has such wacky viewers. scott, LOL...yes, i'm one of the kennedy's and i left hyannisport this morning to fly to tuscany for a weekend filled with bliss.
Frank W. Woelkers at 3:58pm January 23
A President With Roller Skates ~ Finally...!!! LOL
Bob Disney at 3:59pm January 23
Wow looking at all the other posts, looks like alot of focus is still in the past, still blaming Bush, or Clinton for 9/11 - we were attacked well before 9/11, our Intelligence Agencies knew every scenario many years before the 1st Trade Center bombing - let's not be naive here - it was all a matter of time, but what is done is done. The American public was not privvy to the reports that were being collected behind closed doors on these threats against America - so we were all let down by the Government and Agencies that are in place to watch over and try to protect us. I agree, that Bush & Guilianii were amazing, and gave America confidence, and the morale boost that we needed after 9/11 - and since then yes, no attacks on our soil - so do we give credit to Bush, or to the public as well who have been more vigilant, and have been more involved since 9/11 - because we knew it was up to us to push the issue with our own governments responsibilities and expectations.Stay involved America
-Nioshii Wilde at 4:03pm January 23
It is interesting, Bob, to see everyone so befuddled by the FACT that Pres Obama is actually keeping his promises. Obstructionist repubs and naysayers need to get with the new paradigm; theirs is collapsing from under them.
At 4p Eastern tomorrow, I'm celebrating the First 100 Hours. Keep up, people! It's gonna be fastbreaks and layups, not just 3-pointers :-D
Tracey Retzloff at 4:28pm January 23
The world loves us again, nuff said!!

Bob Disney at 4:56pm January 23
Charlene Gause at 5:04pm January 23
Doing well. One week in and 412 to go..8 years is a must for OBAMA..
Charlene Gause at 5:04pm January 23
Let me retract that... 415 to go....
Tracey Retzloff at 5:05pm January 23
Ok, so I generalized, but we are on the road to love and harmony.
Marcy Katz Rothenberg at 5:10pm January 23
Restoring America's faith in America is a good thing!
Tay Dizz B at 5:16pm January 23 via Facebook Mobile
I believe n america now more than ever. There's a renewed sense of hope in the air of not just the young but the old.
Roland Rydstrom at 5:16pm January 23
the sky is bluer. the snow is whiter. and even my diet coke tastes better.
bin laden loves us. the streets of gaza are peaceful. banks aren't using my money to buy other banks. the detainees in gitmo have promised to return to their homelands and just forget that they hate us. and, apparently, everyone in the world loves and respects us again.
in one week he attended a church service, signed some executive orders, met with the press (although, in fairness, he didn't allow them to ask questions), met with his security and economic teams, and even visited our diplomatic corps IN PERSON.
in short: all things that no other president has ever done. the most important first days for a new president EVER.
(seriously rick: he's doing just fine. i didn't vote for him but i wish him well. and he's even making decisions i can support wholeheartedly. and decisions that, if they really paid attention, would honk off the most rabid of his supporters.

Now, it's rather obvious that I am against the closing of Guantanamo Bay and the CIA secret prisons. We do not know who amongst the prisoners are terrorists or would-be terrorists. There is a proposal to send some to Leavenworth in Kansas, except that most of the population in Kansas doesn't want terrorists hangin' loose in their part of the world. Nor would incorporating jihadists into the general population of a state prison be a great idea, or is it just me? Sending them back to their countries of origin won't be met with trials and captivity; they'll probably be received by a welcoming committee replete with DVD's of American Idol and a Ford Focus for each one. I am also a huge proponent for good old fashioned torture, within reason. Do you really think that the mastermind of 9/11, Khalid Sheik Mohammed, didn't deserve a bit of a sprinkle with some H2O? This is war, folks. Terrorism. Liberal policy suits me just fine, but I tend to be Hillary-ish when it comes to foreign policy and protecting our homeland, or the Hillary that used to think that way and hopefully still does. The jury is out on that one, since she is openly leaning toward diplomacy ala "that one" since swearing in as SoS.
The purpose of this odyssey is to show you a mere snippet, and I do mean teeny, tiny fraction of how psychotic and delusional the Obamabots are. Facebook, my undoing.

Here's an article from to support my concern:
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A Saudi national released from U.S. detention at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in September 2007 is believed to be a key leader in al Qaeda's operations in Yemen, according to a U.S. counterterrorism official.
Ali al-Shiri was released in 2007 from the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The Defense Department recently estimated that more than 60 terrorists released from Guantanamo may have returned to the battlefield.

According to the counterterrorism official, Ali al-Shiri traveled to Yemen after being released to Saudi Arabia and may have been involved in recent al Qaeda attacks in Yemen, including a car bombing outside the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa last year that killed nearly a dozen people.

"He is one of a handful of al Qaeda deputies in Yemen," the official said. "He is one of the top terrorists."

His title is deputy and senior operations commander, the source said.

According to the magazine Sada al-Malahem, or the Echo of the Epics, published by al Qaeda in Yemen, al-Shiri attended a media session in which Yemen commander Abu Baseer was interviewed.

The magazine identified al-Shiri as Baseer's deputy commander and quoted Baseer as announcing that al Qaeda's operations in Yemen and Saudi Arabia have been combined to become al Qaeda on the Arabian Peninsula.

The magazine noted that al-Shiri was released from Guantanamo more than 10 months ago.

He fled a Saudi jihadi re-education program, where he went after his release, a Saudi source told CNN's Nic Robertson.

President Obama on Thursday signed an order mandating that the Guantanamo Bay prison be closed within the year. What to do with the detainees has been a hotly debated topic.

The issue of freed detainees engaging in terrorism is one concern. Another is housing them in prisons inside the United States. Video Watch experts debate the Guantanamo dilemma »

Rep. Bill Young, R-Florida, said he has "quite a bit of anxiety" about the possibility of transferring detainees to U.S. facilities.

"Number one, they're dangerous," Young said. "Secondly, once they become present in the United States, what is their legal status? What is their constitutional status? I worry about that, because I don't want them to have the same constitutional rights that you and I have. They're our enemy."

Obama's decision to close the Guantanamo facility received immediate backing from his general election opponent, Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain.

McCain, in a joint statement with South Carolina GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham, said he supported Obama's decision to "begin a process that will, we hope, lead to the resolution of all cases of Guantanamo detainees."

But Thursday night on CNN's "Larry King Live," McCain said the new president may have been hasty in the decision and should have taken the time to consider everything associated with closing the camp before forcing himself into a timetable.

Specifically, McCain said he thought Obama needed to consider what would happen to the prisoners held at Guantanamo before ordering the facility to be closed.

"So, the easy part, in all due respect, is to say we're going to close Guantanamo," McCain said. "Then I think I would have said where they were going to be taken. Because you're going to run into a NIMBY [not in my backyard] problem here in the United States of America." Video Watch what may happen to Guantanamo's inmates »

Asked about that issue Thursday, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said, "We have developed some options in terms of how many we think could be returned to other countries to take them. That diplomatic initiative has not started. That will await work in carrying out the executive order."

"We have identified a number of possible prisons here in the United States" that could take the detainees. However, Gates added, "I've heard from members of Congress [representing] where all those prisons are located. Their enthusiasm is limited."

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