Proof there is a God. Remember that Barack Obama who was given the Nobel Peace Prize back in 2009?

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 is to be awarded to President Barack Obama for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples. The Committee has attached special importance to Obama’s vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons.

What a frigging hoot that was! I wonder if the Norwegian Nobel Committee might be having some second thoughts in light of today’s New York Times piece:

This was the enemy, served up in the latest chart from the intelligence agencies: 15 Qaeda suspects in Yemen with Western ties. The mug shots and brief biographies resembled a high school yearbook layout. Several were Americans. Two were teenagers, including a girl who looked even younger than her 17 years.

President Obama, overseeing the regular Tuesday counterterrorism meeting of two dozen security officials in the White House Situation Room, took a moment to study the faces. It was Jan. 19, 2010, the end of a first year in office punctuated by terrorist plots and culminating in a brush with catastrophe over Detroit on Christmas Day, a reminder that a successful attack could derail his presidency. Yet he faced adversaries without uniforms, often indistinguishable from the civilians around them. . . .

In interviews with The New York Times, three dozen of his current and former advisers described Mr. Obama’s evolution since taking on the role, without precedent in presidential history, of personally overseeing the shadow war with Al Qaeda.

They describe a paradoxical leader who shunned the legislative deal-making required to close the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay in Cuba, but approves lethal action without hand-wringing. While he was adamant about narrowing the fight and improving relations with the Muslim world, he has followed the metastasizing enemy into new and dangerous lands. When he applies his lawyering skills to counterterrorism, it is usually to enable, not constrain, his ferocious campaign against Al Qaeda — even when it comes to killing an American cleric in Yemen, a decision that Mr. Obama told colleagues was “an easy one.”

So let me get this straight–Barry Obama has authorized at least 36 former advisors to discuss classified information and brag about what a swell job he is doing of ordering U.S. citizens to be murdered. You can call the extra-judicial execution of U.S. citizen Anwar Al-awlaki justified homicide, but if George W. Bush had pulled a stunt like that you can bet your sweet ass that the left would be up in arms denouncing him as a war criminal and murderer. So let’s be consistent. Right? Obama is a murdering war criminal?

Here is the reality of what Obama is doing–he has continued the policies of George W. Bush, both the good and the bad:

As for those who could not be transferred or tried but were judged too dangerous for release? Their “disposition” would be handled by “lawful means, consistent with the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States and the interests of justice.”

A few sharp-eyed observers inside and outside the government understood what the public did not. Without showing his hand, Mr. Obama had preserved three major policies — rendition, military commissions and indefinite detention — that have been targets of human rights groups since the 2001 terrorist attacks.

But a year later, with Congress trying to force him to try all terrorism suspects using revamped military commissions, he deployed his legal skills differently — to preserve trials in civilian courts.

What is clear from the New York Times is that the White House is working overtime to sell its claim of being the tough guy on terrorism. What is sickening about this starts with the bullshit award of the Nobel Peace Prize for simply being NOT GEORGE W. BUSH. Yet, once in power, Obama essentially kept intact the George W. Bush approach on combating international terrorism. If you are okay with killing Americans and holding prisoners indefinitely without recourse to the courts then Obama is the man for you.

Making matters worse is how cavalier the White House is with classified information. Many of the Obama advisors, especially John Brennan, are going warp speed trying to manipulate the press and tell a heroic story of a mythical President that they want to bamboozle most Americans into believing exists. They tout Obama as gutsy, etc. Yet, when it came time to order the hit on Bin Laden, Obama took the chickenshit route out and dumped the onus on Admiral McRaven. Only when the “victory” was secured did he step up to take credit that did not belong to him.

The New York Times piece is filled with information about classified, compartmented activities. I’m not going to spell out for you what is what. But this piece is damaging to our nation’s security. And it is written for what purpose? Promote the candidacy of Barry Obama. Disgusting

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Larry C. Johnson is a former analyst at the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, who moved subsequently in 1989 to the U.S. Department of State, where he served four years as the deputy director for transportation security, antiterrorism assistance training, and special operations in the State Department's Office of Counterterrorism. He left government service in October 1993 and set up a consulting business. He currently is the co-owner and CEO of BERG Associates, LLC (Business Exposure Reduction Group) and is an expert in the fields of terrorism, aviation security, and crisis and risk management, and money laundering investigations. Johnson is the founder and main author of No Quarter, a weblog that addresses issues of terrorism and intelligence and politics. NoQuarterUSA was nominated as Best Political Blog of 2008.
  • Retired_from_SPOnaj

    lola 828: After advising me above that I “state the obvious,” you again invite me to commit a felony by confirming what information that has been leaked to the press by the administration is classified.  By the way, inviting me to commit a felony is, in and of itself, a felony under the same statue.

    After due consideration, I’ve concluded that you are simply too inexperienced in the ways of government and statesmanship and, frankly, too simple-minded intellectually, to carry on a reasonable and meaningful discussion with.  Therefore, I will just have to ignore you from now on.  Understand that anything that you write to me or concerning me in the future will probably not be read at all.  To the extent that I may take time to read your writings, they will be dismissed with the same sense of wise, mature amusement that I get when an infant involutarily urinates on my lap. 

    So as to end our online “relationship” on an upbeat note, I thank you in advance for sparing me the inconvenience of having to have my trousers cleaned.

  • opit

    Holy hell, Larry. I am reminded of the quip ‘we have traded a white skunk with black stripes for a black skunk with white stripes’.
    When it comes to disdain for security I don’t know how you top outing a CIA NOC – Valerie Plame/Wilson – to preserve Cheney’s ginned up yellowcake threat per Novac/Libby by killing field agents for Brewster Jennings. Not that Mr Terminator’s SkyNet techniques are any improvement. Nor do Sibel Edmonds’ revelations at Boiling Frogs do either any favours. If Turkey doesn’t have access to anything at all then Israel does.

    • Retired_from_SPOnaj

      To paraphrase the memorable words of the U.S. Marshall charater in the movie “Breakheart Pass,” Obama may not have topped Cheney yet, but he’s not going to go to hell for not trying.

  • MG6

    it is about time to vet backtrack’s bunch. article calling for the vetting of backtracks inner circle


    iya_Eng tweeted:

    #BreakingNews: Syrian rebels give president Bashar al-Assad 48 hour ultimatum to abide by Annan peace plan or face consequences

  • lola828

    The only thing worth criticizing Obama for is he has been particularly brutal in his global fight against terrorism. No doubt. It is definately controversial. There are many complaints by those on the left on this, so I am not sure what you are talking about. Although Obama has done away from black sites and torture and we have had no major terrorism attack on the U.S.

    But, this hardly compares to the 100,000s of Iraqis who died at the hands of Bush in Iraq in his supposive fight against terrorism.

    A question for you Larry Johnson, if you are against the drone attacks, then what is your alternative?

    By the way the drone attacks did not start under Obama.

    Can you give us one example of any significant classified information that has been released by the White House? You have written many articles infering this, but you give few actual REAL examples of significance. Why haven’t we heard any real complaining out of anyone of significance in the GOP with regard to important classified material being released? Because there has not been any. Prove it.

    • Anthony_1


      • KenoshaMarge

        There is no point, although I have been tempted into responding more than once, in engaging a troll.

        It’s not like talking to a human being or anything.

        It’s not like caring what they have to say. I certainly don’t.

        It’s not like caring what or if they think.

         A troll isn’t worth the time I’ve wasted. My bad.

        • Anthony_1

          I know its tempting because of the abject stupidity and lack of self respect they have (especially this particular one), but we must discipline ourselves to just a simple eye roll and then moving on.

          If they are still getting paid per response to their posted gibberish, the only thing that will shut them the fuck up is to remove their handouts from OFA. 

          Like all of those with a sense of inappropriate entitlement, they’ll move on to become part of a bigger entitlement program, only to be crushed when their Messiah dries up the funding

          • KenoshaMarge

            Oh Good, then I can “like” it twice.

        • Anthony_1

          I know its tempting because of the abject stupidity and lack of self respect they have (especially this particular one), but we must discipline ourselves to just a simple eye roll and then moving on.

          If they are still getting paid per response to their posted gibberish, the only thing that will shut them the fuck up is to remove their handouts from OFA. 

          Like all of those with a sense of inappropriate entitlement, they’ll move on to become part of a bigger entitlement program, only to be crushed when their Messiah dries up the funding

          • Anthony_1

            Looks like Disqus wanted to hear this comment twice!

          • opit

             Or you could just snort at the part about how active the Obamination has been against torture. Let’s check Bagram again, where Canadians are in deep doo-doo domestically – especially the Prime Minister and ‘Defense’ minster -for handing over kettled Afghans for torture.

    • HARP2

       That deserves 3

    • Retired_from_SPOnaj

      lola wrote: “Can you give us one example of any significant classified information that has been released by the White House?”

      What a foolish, ignorant question.  It stands to reason that anyone who holds a security clearance cannot give examples of classified information released to the press without being subject to prosecution for unauthorized disclosure of classified information.  One of the first rules that one is taught when one receives a security clearance is that if you see a leak of classified information in the press, you cannot confirm that the information is classified.

      Perhaps if you had a bit more experience in actual government, if not real life, you might understand this.  But since you don’t, your credibility here, at least among those who have had experience and do understand the way the real world of government secrets works, is pretty much zero.

      And while we’re on the subject of secrets, one secret that I would like revealed is Mr. Obama’s college and law school transcripts.  Kinda like Bill Clinton and George Bush did.  But the smartest President ever?  Nada.

      • lola828

        You state the obvious. However, give us anything in the press or any public complaints about classified info of substance being released?

        There are none. There are also none in the GOP who have complained about classified info being released.

        Where is Romney’s school transcripts and birth certificate?

        We cannot even get Romney’s tax records for the last ten years, which every Presidential candidate releases.

        • Hokma

          Romney’s life has been an open book. Obama is an illusion and we still don’t know what is behind the curtain of Oz.

          Romney never approved a literary agent to publish that he was born in Kenya.

  • stodghie

    obama is a failure at everything he touches. i looked carefully for any success and don’t see it except for fooling the american people. we had better wake up and understand this election means getting rid of the worst threat to our way of life encountered by any American politican i have ever seen and i am a student of history.  thanks larry!

    we need to look at other politicans and their behavior but first and foremost this issue has to be addressed for we can kiss our children’s future goodbye.

  • politicsisdirty
  • Jack Kolkmeyer

    awesome, Larry….this administration has turned everything upside down and, to me, has proven how absolutely gullible and uninformed most people are…

  • myshiba


  • Popsmoke
    • Hokma

      I understand the need for enhanced security – particularly when it comes to the financial markets – look at just what happened in Iran. And I don’t know the specifics of whatever bill is being proposed to see the limitations and hurdles to be imposed on its use to comment one way or another.

      But I was surprised to see Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) get in on the opposition.  Wyden is best known for the Communications Decency Act and especially Section 230. The CDA was intended to protect children against on line porn when the Internet first came into general use.

      Section 230 indemnifies the owner and/or host of a website from potential legal risk (i.e. libel) committed by someone who posts to their website. When it comes to public figures that does not mean much. But when it comes to private citizens it can be and has been a fundamental breach of civil rights. A good example are complaint websites where any psycho can  post a blatantly libelous claim against a real person without the slightest bit of support filtering by the website owner and then destroy a person’s reputation.

      This can only happen because Wyden and the federal government leglslated indemnification for website owners which is not granted to print publishers or broadcast stations.

      • Popsmoke

         Enhanced security? You mean like this enhanced?

        The cybersecurity bill started as a good thing but now, as these things normally go, overreaching…..

        • Hokma

          That’s ain’t enhanced security – I am not even sure what to call that. I have yet to think of a practical need for these spy drones. Obama must really love those “toy” drones. 

          That is the problem with D.C. policy making. It always starts out with good intentions and then special interests of all sorts come in and leverage the opportunity until we are at the brink of some sort of disaster (i.e. Commuity Reinvestment Act eventually leads to the mortgage/houisng problem).

          At some point people inside the beltway have lost sight that it is about WE the people and not THEM the whatever.

          • Popsmoke

             I have picture in my mind of Obama doing a pass in review. The troops? All drones…. This is starting to look like one of those Star Wars movies….


    according to the labor secretary, Memorial day is to celebrate her and meeeeeschelle not our fallen troops


    • HARP2

       November 2012:  The End of an Error!

      • HELENK2

         I will never forget or forgive the democratic party for inflicting this bunch on this country

        • opit

           Um. I thought they were recycled Bu$hCo

      • KataKimbe

        Oh Gawd… I hope so.

      • foxyladi14

         works for me..

    • MG6

      Wasn’t Labor Secretary Hilda Solis the Saul Alinsky  (or Bill Ayer’s) implant (or traitor) that ruin Hillary’s election committee in Ohio which allowed Obama to win the primary there? 
      If so, she can never be trusted with anything!

      • HELENK2

         I think that was her sister. She stabbed Hillary in the back and then went to work for backtrack.

        quite a pair aren’t they??

        • MG6

          Yeah!  Deceit must run in the family.

      • foxyladi14

         Hillary won Ohio.

  • HARP2

     Why would Obama’s campaign strategist attend Obama’s Kill List Meetings
    Axelrod, the president’s closest political adviser, began showing up at
    the “Terror Tuesday” meetings, his unspeaking presence a visible
    reminder of what everyone understood: a successful attack would
    overwhelm the president’s other aspirations and achievements.
    “[A] successful attack would overwhelm the president’s other aspirations and achievements” is how the Times
    explains Axelrod’s presence. So are we to believe that President Obama
    seeks success in killing terrorists off his list because it will help
    his political goals? Apparently so.

    Read more:

    • TeakWoodKite

      I wondered about his attending the meetings…

  • Retired_from_SPOnaj

    Early in Mr. Obama’s presidency, Bill Maher lamented that the first black President wasn’t more black, which Maher characterized as carrying a firearm in his belt and going around killing people.

    Maher, you got what you wanted in high tech spades.  When Obama blows away fellow Americans, he says that it’s easy.

  • FormerLiberal9

    OT Romney sewed up the Republican nomination tonight by winning the Texas primary. I am trying hard not to rub it in to all those people who claimed he wouldn’t get a clear majority and win the nomination.

    Oh well I can’t help myself.


  • Steve_in_KC

    Yes, Obama may be continuing the policies of Bush and all that, but I am satisfied with the singular irony of the Nobel Peace Prize winner spiking the ball over his “gutsy” call to kill Osama, or Al-awlaki, or… well, anyone!

    • Propertius

       Well, as Palin pointed out, he’s launched more drone strikes than any Nobel Peace Prize winner in history…

    • KenoshaMarge

      But Steve, he has to show that he’s a tough guy. Because ordering drone strikes is so, what’s the word I’m searching for? It sure as hell ain’t courageous.

      What’s with deciding that he personally will choose the target?  Isn’t that kind of creepy? Shouldn’t that be left up to the military whom one assumes know best which target would be of the most use?

      Lucky drone targets, they can now rest assured that those evil Republicans won’t have them water-boarded. Them or anyone in the vicinity when the drone strikes.

  • TeakWoodKite

    Where is the line LJ? How do you wiegh the balance of good leak or bad leak?  It’s a bit confusing deciding what is worthy of a transparency “leak” and being reported by a “media” outlet or what is a leak and damaging the US national security.
    I find this article propagansta par for the course as it confirmes the current OWS scrub at Motel 1600 is a clear and present danger to the national security of the US.  ( broken record on that one) He needs removing via the 25th or the ballot box.

  • FormerLib160

    Obama Loves Blowing The Hell Out Of People

    Where’s the Code Pinkos, BTW?

    Where’s all those protesters out in the street?

    (Chuckle Chuckle)

    • no_longer_a_democrat

      I was just thinking that, where the hell is Code Pink or that moron Moore??

      Barry’s doing much worse than Bush ever did, where the hell are these lefty so called principled idiots who protested Bush??

      Oh, I see, it was only bad because Bush did it, Soetero does, it, its a-ok by them. So if Romney becomes president and does it, then they’ll be back to protest I guess, and the media will be there to cover it.

      This double standard gets more and more obvious everyday.

  • no_longer_a_democrat

    I know this is is the wrong thread for it… but omg! how about this,  the consumer confidence that certain Obot trolls were squacking about being at a 3 year high, well its plummeted today…. shocked am I.

  • no_longer_a_democrat

    This has only exposed just how much hypocrites the left is, people like Amy goodman on Democracy now, all these lefty fools.

    When Bush did it… bad!!
    When Soetero does it (even more so)…. excellent!!

    so the lefties have no real principles, they just have an idol.

    • KenoshaMarge

      When ideology or partisanship trumps everything else you get the Oborg.

      Oborg who live by the double-standard and see nothing wrong with that. Once that happens there isn’t much chance that ethical behavior or honesty will ever be a part of their life again.

      Obamamedia? Presstitutes lead by the pimps at the NYT.

  • Propertius

    Yes, Larry, Obama is a murdering war criminal. And he ought to be impeached for it.

    • Popsmoke

       Like Bush was?

      • stodghie

        ahhh pop we all know obama is worse. but there you go with keep moving folks, let’s not talk about what a horrible failure and threat to our very survival that obama is drivel.

        • Popsmoke


          • stodghie

            sigh there you go name calling again pop.  my my please try adding something worthwhile. ty

      • Propertius

         Like Bush should’ve been, certainly. And Darth Cheney, too. You’ll get no argument from me on either count. However, neither Cheney nor Bush went so far as to assert the right to assassinate anyone, anywhere (including US citizens), not merely without due process but without any formal charges at all.

        That makes him worse in my book.

        • Popsmoke

           Yes indeed… But remember where targeted killings started from. The only thing different between Bush and Obama is the ops tempo of these missions. Makes no difference arresting American citizens,  stripping them of their constitutional rights, or killing them. Its basically the same thing….


    the un is getting nuttier by the day

    mass murder robet mugabe to serve as world tourism envoy

    • Madame_deFarge

      Completely 100% insane. We have to disengage from the UN. Not only are they promoting garbage but are poking their noses into our lives where they do not belong. The UN ong with the Nobel Prize Committe are a bunch of sock puppets. their decisions are laughable and deserve no respect or compliace whatsoever.

  • KenoshaMarge

    Typical “it’s all about Obama” bullshit. He’s thumbed his nose at the idiot Nobel Prize Committee from the gitgo. I hope they feel as stupid as they are.

    The NYT is no longer even worthy of a place in the bottom of my parrot cage. I won’t subject my bird to hypocrisy and bias. It could constipate her.