Andrew McCarthy (not the actor) was the district attorney who successfully prosecuted Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman and eleven others for the World Trade Center bombing in 1993 and for planning a series of attacks against New York City landmarks. He also contributed to the prosecutions of terrorists who bombed US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. He is presently a writer for National Review and contributes highly informed articles on national security policy and other issues relating to the law. Needless to say, he's been a relentlessly fierce critic of President Obama and congressional Democrats. Two recent pieces in NRO showcase his writing and prosecutorial gifts.
First McCarthy blasts Obama for his shameful release of the “Irbil Five” — Quds Force commanders from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) who were coordinating terrorist attacks in Iraq that have killed hundreds of U.S. soldiers. McCarthy bluntly explains Obama's worldview and where it came from.
...when it comes to Iran, it has become increasingly apparent that President Obama wants the mullahs to win. What you need to know is that Barack Obama is a wolf in “pragmatist” clothing: Beneath the easy smile and above-it-all manner — the “neutral” doing his best to weigh competing claims — is a radical leftist wedded to a Manichean vision that depicts American imperialism as the primary evil in the world.
You may not have wanted to addle your brain over his tutelage in Hawaii by the Communist Frank Marshall Davis, nor his tracing of Davis’s career steps to Chicago, where he seamlessly eased into the orbit of Arafat apologist Rashid Khalidi, anti-American terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, and Maoist “educator” Michael Klonsky — all while imbibing 20 years’ worth of Jeremiah Wright’s Marxist “black liberation theology.” But this neo-Communist well from which Obama drew holds that the world order is a maze of injustice, racism, and repression. Its unified theory for navigating the maze is: “United States = culprit.” Its default position is that tyrants are preferable as long as they are anti-American, and that while terrorist methods may be regrettable, their root cause is always American provocation — that is, the terrorists have a point.
Then McCarthy excoriates congressional Democrats trying to protect their hapless leader, Nancy Pelosi by inventing a phony scandal. The "scandal" is, of all things, that the CIA was considering, secretly no less, without informing Congress, plans to capture or kill al-Queda leaders. Not even implementing. Considering. What a stunner! And the individual who ordered that this activity remain clandestine? Ta da! Dick Cheney, of course. As if we needed more evidence of his greatness.
One salient point McCarthy makes is,
...the difference between Democrats and Republicans on national security. President Obama is clearly conducting a war in Pakistan, a country with which we are formally at peace. The legitimate existence of wartime conditions is crucial: If we are not at war, there is no basis in international law for killing Pakistanis (or non-Pakistanis) in Pakistan. But the Right is not accusing the president of conducting an illegal war, of failing to seek congressional authorization, or of committing war crimes...
...while Democrats politicize “torture,” “domestic spying,” the Patriot Act, and now the CIA’s efforts to defeat al-Qaeda, Republicans are generally supporting Obama’s Pakistan policy for the greater good of protecting our national security.
Eventually, people do figure out who the grown-ups are.
I certainly hope so but I'm not optimistic. Just look at Newsweek's cover story this week. "Holder v. Bush. Torture and The Attorney General's Moment of Truth". What hope is there when both the party in power and the press act like children? Treasonous children at that.