Jun 27, 2011

Bi-Polar America

America has bi-polar disease. We're a force for liberty, justice, and the rule of law across the world - but we also contradict these ideals all the time by supporting dictators, actively supporting assassinations, we export violence and a violent culture, but don't dare show a nipple on TV, but we can blow a villain's head clean off and still give it a PG rating.

The US House has voted to not support the war in Libya, er kinetic action, but are still going to give out the money to do it. That's not leadership. That's bi-polar. Trying to eat the pie and hold the cake? It makes as much sense.

Mr. Obama has decided to 'draw down' in Afghanistan less than a year and a half after doubling down with his own surge - and to do so in September for the voters, but this is the middle of the 'fighting season' in Afghanistan which may put American fighting servicemen in harms way for no reason other than to appease Mr. Obama's finge base. That's bi-polar.

Mr. Obama gave his reasoning to draw down in Afghanistan, after shunning the most successful general in modern time's opinion, because he had gotten Bin Laden. Mission Accomplish banner unfurled. Okay... Mr. Obama, when will you draw down the TSA? From the Daily News...

According to a formal complaint filed by Destin resident Jean Weber, TSA agents working security at Northwest Florida Regional Airport detained her 95-year-old wheelchair-bound, terminally ill mother, and forced her to remove her adult diaper which they said was impeding their pat-down search “because it was soiled.”

Weber said her mother, who is in “the final stages of her battle with leukemia,” was in the process of boarding a plane to Michigan to spend her remaining time with family members. “It’s something I couldn’t imagine happening on American soil,” Weber told the Northwest Florida Daily News. “Here is my mother, 95 years old, 105 pounds, barely able to stand, and then this.”

TSA spokeswoman Sari Koshetz told the Daily News she couldn’t comment on the specific case, but that wheelchairs “trigger certain protocols,” and that “[d]uring any part of the process, if there is an alarm, then we have to resolve that alarm.” “TSA cannot exempt any group from screening because we know from intelligence that there are terrorists out there that would then exploit that vulnerability,” Koshetz added.

A representative of Northwest Florida Regional responded to Weber’s complaint by telling her that the TSA agents followed search procedures. “[I]f you’re just following rules and regulations,” Weber said, “then the rules and regulations need to be changed.”

Mr. Obama, if you're going to "Nation build" at home - here's a fantastic place to start.

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