"A note to Tea Party activists: This is not the movie you think it is. You probably imagine that you’re starring in “The Birth of a Nation,” but you’re actually just extras in a remake of “Citizen Kane.” - Paul Krugman
"The midterms are boring—when voters are determined to punish anyone associated with political power, hailing from the political, and even social, fringe, isn’t a liability; it’s an asset." - Peter Beinart
"F**k you! I know more about this than anyone else in the room." -- Sen. John McCain
Ironic for bin Laden asking other countries for help. He has not asked for all al-Qaeda members to come and give aid, and many of the Middle Eastern countries always seem reluctant to give charity to other Muslim countries, except for Saudi Arabia, which is usually asked to pay for everything. Even more ironic is that just about the only other foreigners that Osama might encounter scrambling around and frantically trying to save Pakistani lives are Americans. Who knows, maybe the practice of saving lives may change the whole face and meaning of the top leaders of al-Qaeda... But I doubt it, since our role in Pakistan is pretty schizophrenic, helping to save lives in one part of the country, and sending in drones to kill them in another part. What bothers me is that the military machine cannot stop itself once it starts moving forward into new territory and killing civilians, since its estimated that there are less than 100 al-Qaeda members left in Afghanistan. Which direction will this rough beast turn next?
US is seen as being quite pushy, creating a recent backlash in the European Parliament: "US officials are demanding access to additional European police databases in their hunt for potential terrorists traveling to the US. The demands include DNA samples, fingerprints, access to criminal registers and other information. Under massive pressure from the United States government, European Union member states are moving to provide American security officials with access to data in European police databases... Washington is also demanding that its anti-terror officials be allowed to analyze cross-border payment transactions and all available date on individuals traveling to the US." It doesn't seem like all that much, now, does it? US officials don't want another embarrassment like what almost happened last Christmas, when it failed to detect a student flying one-way from Nigeria, who had a bomb stuck in his underpants. Or, you could say that the US is forcing European officials to join in on creating a one-world government and intelligence service where we all are watched over by machines of loving grace... Besides, you can't issue vague travel warnings without having some solid information...