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Jan 24 2013

McCarthy: Obama May Release Rahman

Andrew McCarthy, former federal prosecutor turned wingnut darling and first-class paranoiac, says that President Obama may release Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman as demanded by Algerian militants who took hundreds of hostages, including many Americans, at a gas plant in the Sahara desert.

An ugly and confusing terrorist attack at an Algerian gas facility is getting even more troubling as the Islamic radicals now demand the release of Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman and another prominent terrorist in exchange for the remaining American hostages…

Despite the adoration that Islamic radicals have for Abdel Rahman, the assumption of most is that the Obama administration will obviously reject the demands. McCarthy told WND he isn’t so sure. He said the odd response from the administration following Egyptian efforts to free Abdel Rahman leads him to believe there is some chance this could happen down the road.

“I think (the terrorists) may be rebuffed in the here and now, but we had very good reason to think that based on the reporting from the Egyptian press and from the strange silence of the Obama administration in the face of some of these demands for the blind sheikh that the State Department was already broaching the possibility in negotiations with Egypt on returning the blind sheikh on some cockamamie humanitarian grounds,” McCarthy said. “So I don’t think it’s out of the realm of possibility.

“I think if Obama had been defeated, the blind sheikh would have been returned to Egypt sometime in the 11 weeks between Election Day and Inauguration Day, and I’m still not convinced that it won’t happen. I doubt it will happen right now simply because you don’t want to appear to just surrender to these terrorists.”

This story was posted about 7 pm on Sunday night, many hours after it was reported that the hostage siege was over and that Algerian government forces had retaken the complex. So I don’t know who McCarthy and the Worldnutdaily thinks is going to be traded. More importantly, this is simply daft. What possible good could the release of Rahman do Obama? it would cause a massive firestorm of controversy and hand his political enemies all the ammunition they could ever need to stop his agenda dead in its tracks.

Of course, McCarthy doesn’t need to make sense here. His target audience isn’t made up of people who think rationally or care about evidence. That’s why he can get away with throwing out this ridiculous hypothetical scenario about Obama releasing Rahman if he had lost the election; he knows his audience will nod and say, “Ah, of course he would.” No evidence is needed and when this prediction turns out to be false, neither will any retractions or explanations.

You know who did negotiate with terrorists and actually help arm them in a trade for the release of American hostages? St. Ronnie Reagan (Peace Be Upon Him). He sold more than 2500 TOW anti-tank missiles and 18 Hawk anti-aircraft missiles to Iran, which only a few years earlier had taken Americans hostage in our embassy there, in order to get hostages held in Lebanon by Hezbollah released. But Obama’s hypothetical and non-existent dealings with terrorists must be shouted from the rooftops, while Reagan’s actual crimes are rarely mentioned because that would undermine the right’s hagiography.

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  1. 1
    Michael Heath

    There are many conservatives who read the National Review who are convinced it’s a sober high-brow thoughtful media publication. They think reading this magazine and allowing it to influence them is evidence they are serious, thoughtful, high-information people who simply disagree with non-conservatives based on the facts at hand. I think this probably makes the National Review far more insidious than the World Net Daily.

  2. 2
    d.c.wilson

    I’ve lost track of the number of “of course he would” things that wingnuts have predicted Obama would do that he has never actually done. It doesn’t matter how many times their predictions are wrong, the right is so committed to the narrative that Obama is a secret Muslim Manchurian candidate out to destroy American from within that nothing is unbelievable to them any more.

    One of the things they really hurt the GOP last election was the fact that they would rather debate Clint Eastwoood’s empty chair than the real Barack Obama. Yes, it gives the bade some tasty red meat, but it’s driving same people away.

  3. 3
    F [i'm not here, i'm gone]

    Illegally setting up deals before he was close to being in office…

  4. 4
    busterggi

    Free noodles for everyone!

    Oh, Rahman. I thought…

  5. 5
    uncephalized

    Hey Ed, just thought you should know that I’m getting an intermittent problem viewing your blog–I can read the text and everything OK, but all the FTB formatting disappears in favor of a totally standard-looking template. I’ll try to remember to email you a screen cap next time it happens so you can see what’s going on. I only use Chrome so I don’t know if it’s a browser problem or your site, but it’s happened on multiple computers since you made the design change.

    Cheers!

    BTW, if I want to send you a picture, is it ed (at) freethoughtblogs (dot) com, edbrayton (at) freethoughtblogs (dot) com, or what?

  6. 6
    Michael Heath

    uncephalized writes:

    I only use Chrome so I don’t know if it’s a browser problem or your site, but it’s happened on multiple computers since you made the design change.

    I only use Chrome Version 24.0.1312.56 (Mac OS) and don’t have the problems you’re having.

  7. 7
    zippythepinhead

    Reagan had said (years prior to the Iran-Contra scandal) that you can’t negotiate with hostage takers, since that will only lead to more hostage taking. His team’s machinations did get some hostages released, but guess what happened after?

  8. 8
    uncephalized

    @Michael Heath I’m on Windows, that may be the difference.

  9. 9
    JamesY2

    uncephalized (6):

    Hey Ed, just thought you should know that I’m getting an intermittent problem viewing your blog–I can read the text and everything OK, but all the FTB formatting disappears in favor of a totally standard-looking template.

    Why are you complaining? The mobile version looks better than the current FTB formatting.

  10. 10
    uncephalized

    sidhe: not complaining, just figured Ed would want his site to look how he wants it to look. I know I would appreciate someone telling me in the same situation.

  11. 11
    heddle

    Hey Ed, just thought you should know that I’m getting an intermittent problem viewing your blog–I can read the text and everything OK, but all the FTB formatting disappears in favor of a totally standard-looking template

    I can confirm that as well. If you click into a post the formatting returns, at least that’s been my experience.

  12. 12
    sosw

    I only use Chrome Version 24.0.1312.56 (Mac OS) and don’t have the problems you’re having.

    Same browser, but I’ve seen the issue (although only once or twice, so it’s very rare).

    On my iPhone 4, I get it about 30-40% of the time.

  13. 13
    se habla espol

    I’m using Firefox 18.0.1 on Ubuntu 10.04 on an AMD64 over wired DSL. I’ve gotten random semi-formatted responses, mostly from Dispatches, but occasionally from other FtBs. As a long-time ‘puter geek (over 50 years), I suspect that the WP logic to choose formatted vs mobile is borked, likely using a variable value from a different session.

  14. 14
    cartboy

    I think he will be released. After he dies.

  15. 15
    Deborah

    Oh, I find the mobile site thing maddening. The mobile site is easier to read, but it comes and goes every couple of clicks, so I come to FTB, get the full site, click on one of the blogs, one day I’ll get the full site version of the individual blog and another day I’ll get the mobile version off the link from the home page. Then as I step back through posts to older posts gradually reading them, it keeps varying between the full site and the mobile site; the mobile site is much easier to navigate to the next post and easier to read, but it’s impossible to get back to the main FTB page from the mobile version of an individual blog, and a couple times when I tapped on the main FTB logo on the full site version of an individual blog, I got the mobile version of the main FTB page, which just shows a few random recent posts and does not link to all the blogs or allow access to the full site. Also, the “view full site” button on the mobile site is non functional; it reloads the page in mobile version.

    I am reading on a phone, of course, mobile Chrome browser for Android, but it sounds like even non mobile devices are getting the same experience. Something is seriously screwy with the mobile version redirect.

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