- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 27, 2011


Arnaud de Borchgrave, editor-at-large for The Washington Times and a senior adviser for the Center for Strategic and International Studies, provides a terse prediction for the future of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, now confronting the possible end of his 41-year rule.

“Assassination or suicide. Or dying in a blaze of gunfire as the good guys overwhelm his last strong point. A nightmare would be his capture and transfer to war-crimes tribunal in The Hague. Imagine the daily spectacle and torrent of lies that would be a blend of truth, half-truth, disinformation, coupled with embarrassing information,” Mr. de Borchgrave tells the Beltway.


Get out the lexicon. A House Homeland Security counterterrorism and intelligence subcommittee hearing addresses the “Terrorist Threat to the U.S. Homeland: Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)” on Wednesday. Those not privy to the acronym “AQAP” and maybe “AQIM” — Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb — can consult the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) guide to the State Department’s designated terrorist organizations (www.nctc.gov/site/groups).

Meanwhile, Rep. Patrick Meehan, Pennsylvania Republican and the subcommittee chairman, is keenly interested in two things: Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s recent declaration that the terrorist threat to the U.S. is at its most “heightened state since 9/11” and NCTC Director Michael Leiter, who deemed AQAP “probably be the most significant risk to the U.S. homeland.”

The hearing will track AQAP, its “known leader” Islamist cleric Anwar al-Awlaki and the U.S. response to both. The big finale comes Thursday when Ms. Napolitano herself appears before the full Homeland Security Committee hearing to parse out President Obama’s 2012 budget, among other things.

“There will definitely be a number of questions directed to the secretary about the arrest of Khalid Aldawsari, the Saudi national arrested in Texas on terror charges,” says chairman Rep. Peter King, New York Republican. “In this case, you have a student from Saudi Arabia, home of 15 of the 19 9/11 hijackers, on a student visa studying chemistry, with an interest in explosives. I believe we need to better screen student-visa applicants.”


“Righteous Indignation: Excuse Me While I Save the World!” Yes, an exclamation point is not a bad idea for Andrew Breitbart’s new book, to be published April 15. It has won accolades from Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh; media master Mr. Breitbart, founder of BigHollywood.com and much more, describes the 272-page volume as a “coming of rage” kind of book, and one indeed aimed at a very big tent of readers.

“Come one, come all. Come tea partiers, come conservatives, RINOs, classical liberals, drum circle types, SEIU/ACORN community organizers. This book is about love, rage, righteousness, a great media correcting, and about cultural and political renewal,” Mr. Breitbart says, advising Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and former White House environmental adviser Van Jones — among others — to give it a read.

“I hope to see you all on the road, where I will spend much of April and May promoting the book. I do tea parties, bar mitzvahs, and even ABC News,” the author adds.


March 8, or thereabouts.

(The rumored date — according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Associated Press and other prognosticators — when Newt Gingrich will make his big strategic announcement on whether he’ll run for you-know-what in 2012)


The polls favor Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in his ongoing war with the unions in his state and their supporters from elsewhere. The drama is fierce, however.

“Predictably, the Left is getting more and more hysterical,” says Americans for Prosperity president Tim Phillips, who has organized a “Stand With Walker” public petition that has accrued close to 100,000 signatures.

He cites the hyperbole of several Democratic lawmakers, including Rep. Michael E. Capuano of Massachusetts, who recently told a union rally, “You need to get out on the streets and get a little bloody when necessary.” Mr. Capuano later apologized for his choice of words.

“Shockingly, the good folks at MSNBC are literally hyperventilating as they darkly allege national conspiracies to ‘bust unions’ and end Western civilization as we know it,” Mr. Phillips observes. “Here’s the truth that we need to keep spreading: Gov. Walker is simply repairing the Wisconsin budget.”

See the group’s petition here: https://americansforprosperity.org/walker


• 58 percent of Americans say the U.S. should stop giving foreign aid to Arab countries in the Middle East.

• 76 percent of Republicans and 48 percent of Democrats agree.

• 21 percent overall are not sure; 20 percent say the aid should continue.

• 51 percent overall favor continuing foreign aid to Israel.

• 61 percent of Republicans and 46 percent of Democrats agree.

• 32 percent overall oppose further aid to Israel; 17 percent are undecided.

Source: A Rasmussen Reports survey of 1,000 adults conducted Feb. 21-22.

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