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Michael Scheuer’s Ten Foreign Policy Questions for President Barack Obama

Posted on February 13, 2009. Filed under: Blogroll, Books, Communications, Economics, Employment, Foreign Policy, Immigration, Law, Life, Links, People, Politics, Quotations, Raves, Security, Strategy, Technology, Video, War | Tags: , , , , , |


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Background Articles and Videos


Michael F. Scheuer

“…Michael F. Scheuer is a former CIA employee. In his 22-year career, he served as the Chief of the Bin Laden Issue Station (aka “Alec Station”), from 1996 to 1999, the Osama bin Laden tracking unit at the Counterterrorist Center. He then worked again as Special Advisor to the Chief of the bin Laden unit from September 2001 to November 2004.


Not much is known about his personal history, though Scheuer was an analyst at the CIA and not a covert field operations officer. Scheuer graduated from Canisius College in 1974, and went on to earn an M.A. from Niagara University in 1976 and another M.A. from Carleton University in 1981.[1] He also received a Ph.D. in British Empire-U.S.-Canada-U.K. relations from the University of Manitoba in 1986.[2]

Scheuer is now known to be the anonymous author of both Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terror and the earlier anonymous work, Through Our Enemies’ Eyes: Osama bin Laden, Radical Islam, and the Future of America.[3]

Osama bin Laden stated in his September 7, 2007 message:

“If you want to understand what’s going on and if you would like to get to know some of the reasons for your losing the war against us, then read the book of Michael Scheuer.” [3][4]

Scheuer’s latest book, Marching Toward Hell: America and Islam After Iraq was released on February 12, 2008.

In the 9/11 Commission Report, Scheuer is featured in Chapter 4, where his name is given only as “Mike”. He is portrayed as being occasionally frustrated with his superiors’ failure to aggressively target bin Laden.

Scheuer resigned in 2004. He is currently a news analyst for CBS News and a terrorism analyst for The Jamestown Foundation’s online publication Global Terrorism Analysis.[4] He also makes radio and television appearances and teaches a graduate-level course on Al-Qaeda at Georgetown University. He also participates in conferences on terrorism and national security issues, such as the New America Foundation’s December 2004 conference, “Al Qaeda 2.0: Transnational Terrorism After 9/11.” [5]


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Senator Judd Gregg Withdraws Nomination for Secretary of Commerce–Control of 2010 Census and Stimulus Packages The Issues!

Posted on February 13, 2009. Filed under: Blogroll, Economics, Employment, Law, Links, People, Philosophy, Politics, Quotations, Rants, Raves, Security, Taxes, Video | Tags: , , , , |

 He that lieth down with Dogs, shall rise up with Fleas.

~ Benjamin Franklin

 Obama Commerce Secretary


When President Barack Obama nominated Republican Senator Judd Gregg as his Commerce Secretary, he became the first president since Theodore Roosevelt to appoint three members of the opposing party to his cabinet.


 President Obama & Commerce Secretary Nominee Senator Gregg


Senator Gregg Calls for More American Energy Now


Many were surprised given Senator Gregg ‘s previous advocacy of eliminating the Department of Commerce.

Senator Gregg just withdrew from the nomination giving two primary reasons, first the transfer of control over the Census to the White House and second his differences over the stimulus package with President Obama.


Fox News All stars discuss a proposed change to deny Judd Gregg oversight


Was Senator Gregg pressured to either vote for the stimulus package or he would lose the nomination?

Looks like President Obama’s political base wanted Senator Gregg’s nomination  withdrawn and pressured President Obama.

True to form President Obama threw him under the bus.


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Tell Senator Gregg to Support President Obama’s Economic Recovery Plan

Why were the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Progressive Caucus affraid of the Gregg nomination and pressured President Obama to withdraw the Gregg nomination for Commerce Secretary?

Senator Gregg understood the financial crisis and who was responsible:


Judd Gregg on cause of Credit Crisis



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Lesson to all Republicans–President Obama has a long record of lying and throwing people under the bus when it would impact his electability–do not trust anything this  President says.

Any Republican voting for this stimulus package should be defeated in the next election.

As they say in Texas this dog does not hunt.

Better yet any Senator voting for this bill should be drummed out of the Republican Party.

The stimulus package will wreck the economy and destroy jobs not create them.

Ben Franklin the author of the above quote wrote many aphorisms found in “Poor Richard’s Almanack.

Franklin created a list of 13 virtures to live ones life by and wrote many of the aphorisms illustrating these virtures:

  1. Temperance
  2. Silence
  3. Order
  4. Resolution
  5. Frugality
  6. Industry
  7. Sincerity
  8. Justice
  9. Moderation
  10. Cleanliness
  11. Tranquility
  12. Chastity
  13. Humility

Congressman John Fleming on Glenn Beck – Part 1


Congressman John Fleming on Glenn Beck – Part 2

Senator Gregg fortunately saw the virtues of cleanliness, frugality and moderation were more important than a cabinet position.

I could not agree more with his decision to withdraw as well as his views on energy production and the causes of the financial crisis.

Thank you Senator Gregg.




There is no kind of dishonesty into which otherwise good people more easily and frequently fall than that of defrauding the government.
   ~Benjamin Franklin

Background Articles and Videos


Senator Gregg Statement on His Withdrawal from Consideration of U.S. Commerce Secretary

February 12, 2009

“…Sen. Gregg stated, “I want to thank the President for nominating me to serve in his Cabinet as Secretary of Commerce.  This was a great honor, and I had felt that I could bring some views and ideas that would assist him in governing during this difficult time. I especially admire his willingness to reach across the aisle.

“However, it has become apparent during this process that this will not work for me as I have found that on issues such as the stimulus package and the Census there are irresolvable conflicts for me.  Prior to accepting this post, we had discussed these and other potential differences, but unfortunately we did not adequately focus on these concerns.  We are functioning from a different set of views on many critical items of policy.

“Obviously the President requires a team that is fully supportive of all his initiatives. …”


Senator Judd Gregg


Judd Gregg


“Judd Alan Gregg (born February 14, 1947) is a former Governor of New Hampshire and current United States Senator serving as ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee. He is a member of the Republican Party and was a businessman and attorney in Nashua before entering politics. Senator Gregg was nominated for Secretary of Commerce in the Cabinet by President Barack Obama,[1] but withdrew his name on February 12, 2009.[2] 

“…In 1992, he decided to run for the United States Senate instead of running for governor again. He successfully defeated Democrat John Rauh, and Gregg has been a United States Senator since 1993. He was reelected to a second term in 1998 after defeating George Condodemetraky, and ran for a third term in the U.S. Senate election, 2004. That year he defeated campaign finance activist Doris “Granny D” Haddock, the then-94-year-old Democratic nominee, by 66% to 34%.

In January 2005, Gregg was elected to chair the U.S. Senate Committee on Budget by the Senate Republican Conference. While chairman of this committee Gregg has been a steadfast supporter of lower spending.[4] Throughout his Senate career he has been highly supportive of lower taxes as well.

Gregg has a moderate record on social issues. In June 2006 he joined six of his fellow Republicans in voting against the Federal Marriage Amendment. In April 2007 he was among the breakaway Republicans to support the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act. However, his record on the issue of abortion is a solidly pro-life one. Gregg has voted for some gun control measures and against others. He voted against the Brady Bill, but in recent years has voted for trigger control locks on firearms and in favor of the ban on assault weapons.

During the 2004 Presidential Election, Gregg stood in for John Kerry during practice sessions held by George W. Bush in preparation for the 2004 United States Presidential Election Debates. Four years earlier he had played the part of Al Gore for the same purpose.

On October 29, 2007, Gregg endorsed Mitt Romney, former Governor of Massachusetts, to be the Republican nominee for President of the United States. …” 


Three Hats Off to Judd Gregg   [Larry Kudlow]

“…Here’s the money paragraph:

However, it has become apparent during this process that this will not work for me as I have found that on issues such as the stimulus package and the Census, there are irresolvable conflicts for me. Prior to accepting this post, we had discussed these and other potential differences, but unfortunately we did not adequately focus on these concerns. We are functioning from a different set of views on many critical items of policy.

Judd Gregg has more backbone than anyone in politics today. He did his best to cross over and help Pres. Obama. But as Gregg and I discussed in a recent CNBC interview, the senator has a long and outstanding record as a tax-cutter, budget-cutter, deficit-cutter, and debt-cutter. All of these principles have been badly violated in the so-called stimulus package. And of course the White House move to steal the Census Bureau during a crucial political-reapportionment period was a low blow.

But how many major public figures would have simply drawn a line in the sand and said, No, I simply cannot cross that line? That’s what Gregg just did. …”


Breaking: Gregg withdraws at Commerce

“…According to a breaking news alert from MSNBC, Judd Gregg has withdrawn from his nomination as Commerce Secretary.  If so, this makes the third Cabinet appointment from Barack Obama to fail, and the second one at Commerce.  Tom Daschle withdrew at HHS over his tax evasion, and Bill Richardson preceded Gregg as Commerce Secretary-designate before withdrawing over a pay-for-play corruption scandal in New Mexico.

Gregg took a bit of heat from fellow Republicans for resigning from the Senate during a point when conservatives needed every ally they can find.  What touched off Gregg’s withdrawal?  He couldn’t support the stimulus: …”


Judd Gregg withdraws nomination; statement added

By Michelle Malkin  

“…More to come.

Reasons cited were Gregg’s unhappiness with the stimulus and the Census Bureau power grab by the White House. …”


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Congressional Black Caucus

“The Congressional Black Caucus is an organization representing the African American members of the United States Congress. Membership is exclusive to African Americans (although not 100% blood quantium)[1] and its chair in the 111th Congress is Representative Barbara Lee of California.

The Caucus describes its goals as “positively influencing the course of events pertinent to African-Americans and others of similar experience and situation,” and “achieving greater equity for persons of African descent in the design and content of domestic and international programs and services.”

The CBC encapsulates these goals in the following priorities: Closing the achievement and opportunity gaps in education, assuring quality health care for every American, focusing on employment and economic security, ensuring justice for all, retirement security for all Americans, and increasing equity in foreign policy.[2]

Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Tx., has said:

“The Congressional Black Caucus is one of the world’s most esteemed bodies, with a history of positive activism unparalleled in our nation’s history. Whether the issue is popular or unpopular, simple or complex, the CBC has fought for thirty years to protect the fundamentals of democracy. Its impact is recognized throughout the world. The Congressional Black Caucus is probably the closest group of legislators on the Hill. We work together almost incessantly, we are friends and, more importantly, a family of freedom fighters. Our diversity makes us stronger, and the expertise of all of our members has helped us be effective beyond our numbers.”

Mark Anthony Neal, a professor of African-American studies and popular culture at Duke University, wrote a column in late 2008 regarding the relevancy of the Congressional Black Caucus and other organizations such as the NAACP in the wake of Barack Obama being elected to the United States presidency. Neal wrote that he believes the Congressional Black Caucus and other African-American-centered organizations are still needed, but they must adapt to a changing political atmosphere and take advantage of “the political will that Obama’s campaign has generated.”[3] …”


Congressional Progressive Caucus

“…The CPC was founded in 1991 by the independent Congressman Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who remains a member as Senator. It represents about a third of the House Democratic Caucus (with 71 members). Of the twenty standing committees of the House, eleven are chaired by members of the CPC.


According to their website, the CPC advocates “universal access to affordable, high quality healthcare,” fair trade agreements, living wage laws, the right of all workers to organize into labor unions and engage in strike actions and collective bargaining, the abolition of significant portions of the USA PATRIOT Act, the legalization of gay marriage, strict campaign finance reform laws, a complete pullout from the war in Iraq, a crackdown on free trade and corporate welfare, an increase in income tax on the wealthy, tax cuts for the poor, and an increase in social welfare spending by the federal government.

 Supporting organizations

An array of national progressive organizations will work to support the efforts of the caucus, including the Institute for Policy Studies, The Nation magazine,, National Priorities Project, Jobs with Justice, Peace Action, Americans for Democratic Action, and Progressive Democrats of America. Also co-sponsoring the kickoff event were the NAACP, ACLU, Progressive Majority, League of United Latin American Citizens, Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, National Council of La Raza, Hip Hop Caucus, Human Rights Campaign, Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs, and the National Hip Hop Political Convention. In 2000, the Democratic Socialists of America expressed solidarity with the Congressional Progressive Caucus, since they both shared “operative social democratic politics.”[1]


Congressional Progressive Caucus 


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