Indeed, it was a knock down drag out with dissembler Pamela Geller. Sean Hannity asked me to cut down on expletives, an unusual for me.
I just read Pamela Geller’s
note on her blog, “I will be on the Sean Hannity radio show at the top of the
hour (4pm) for a knock down drag out with dissembler Michael Ghouse.
We argued over the
word Jihad. The word was used for the first time when Prophet Muhammad’s army
came home from a victorious war. The associates asked him, what next? The
prophet said, the greater Jihad begins now. The "greater jihad" is the inner
struggle to hold on to the temptations to take revenge, or oppress the captured.
Instead, he taught one to be humble, and be charitable and kind to them. However
the meaning of the Jihad was screwed up around the 10th century to mean war on
Pamela was belligerent and going on and on, that’s when I
got to her. I guess this must be a first time on Hannity show. I told her
“Pamela, first, you did not listen to what I said - that is the screwed up
meaning of Jihad, that was an add on, and not Qur’anic or Islamic, you did not
hear me, that it was in the middle ages that it was added, and unfortunately it
is believed by many Muslims.”
Secondly, we are having a dialogue here,
you tell a point and cut it out and I will do the same, you got this non-sense
memorized and rolling it on, breath in between your sentences, let it be a
dialogue… there was a dead moment, and I realized, that was the right thing for
me to do. Thanks Hannity for letting it pass, I am glad he did, otherwise
neither will make the points.
Then I laid it on her that she is robbing
the American public by not telling the whole truth. In Islam, there is no
offensive war, per Islam no Muslim can wage a war, unless in self-defense, all
else about Jihad is non-sense.
An another point, although I do not like
Ahmedinejad’s loose mouth, he did not say to wipe out Israel, he said to wipe
out Zionism and not Israel… of course; it was over loud conversation between
Pamela and I.
I am against supplying F-16 fighter planes to Egypt. What
is it for? The only possible enemy Egypt has is Israel, and Masri has said he
will continue to honor the peace accord. This is the dumbest thing we are doing
to supply them with arms.
Hagel should be confirmed for Secretary of
Defense, for a change we need someone who is not a damn war monger.
Brennan - He needs to clarify about the operations of drone, we are creating
more ill-will through our indiscriminate killing of the
warned, “The Iranian people are ready to march on Israel to destroy it if it
launches an attack adventure against Iran.”
and feeling encircled by
hostile governments in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and other Gulf states, the Iranian
regime is looking for a new dance partner.
Moreover, Egypt has to walk a
tightrope in its relationship with the United States if it wants to receive
billions of dollars in financial aid and advanced weapons such as F-16s to build
up its military. On the other hand, Morsi sees some leverage in hedging his bets
and keeping the U.S. on edge as to just how far Egypt is willing to go in
pursuing deeper ties with Iran.
Second, while Egypt may not formally
break diplomatic relations with Israel and withdraw from the Camp David peace
treaty in the foreseeable future, it can revert to a cold peace and allow
Iranian arms to transit the Sinai on the way to Hamas in
ayatollah’s objection is an edict to which other Iranian officials, including
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, must adhere,
“The Iranian nation will not
negotiate under pressure,” he said. Noting the international sanctions against
Iran, Ayatollah Khamenei said: “The U.S. is pointing a gun at Iran and wants us
to talk to them. The Iranian nation will not be intimidated by these
Deb Fischer will not support her fellow Nebraskan, former Sen. Chuck Hagel, for
Defense Secretary, she wrote in an op-ed published Thursday.
had a chance to clear the record and address bipartisan, well-intentioned
concerns,” Fischer (R-Neb.) wrote for the Omaha World-Herald, referencing the
former Republican senator’s performance in confirmation hearings last week. “He
fell short, consequently failing to reach the heightened standard to which
nominees to this position are held. I cannot support his
Brennan, 57, was expected to be
examined closely about U.S. spy activities from waterboarding to the use of
drones at the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, scheduled for 2:30 p.m.
Even so, there has been no groundswell of objection to
Brennan's nomination, and he was expected to win confirmation from both the
panel and, later by the full U.S. Senate.
Brennan is Obama's
counterterrorism adviser and was a top CIA official under former President
George W. Bush.
The biggest concerns about the nominee have come from
liberal Democrats, not the conservative Republicans whose reservations about
Obama's nominee to head the Pentagon, Chuck Hagel, prompted a delay in the vote
to confirm the former Republican senator.
Senator Ron Wyden, a Democratic
member of the intelligence committee who has pledged to press Brennan on drones,
said in television interviews on Thursday he was encouraged by Obama's to
provide classified documents, but that more action is
Senate Committee Postpones Vote on Hagel
The Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) decided to
postpone its tentatively planned markup of Chuck Hagel's nomination to be
Secretary of Defense.
SASC was planning to vote on the nomination today,
but committee chairman Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) decided to delay action saying
that the committee's review was not complete.
Although he did not
reference it, several media sources report that more than two dozen Republicans
wrote Levin calling for more time to review Hagel's financial records, which
they argue are incomplete. Politico quotes a passage from the letter where
questions are raised by the Republicans about whether Hagel was paid "directly
or indirectly, from foreign sources" in relation to speeches or consulting
work. Hagel reportedly had been asked about this previously and replied that
the financial information requested "regarding private corporate and non-profit
entities ... is not mine to provide. ...I do not believe I have any of the
information requested," according to
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