I sat through darn near two hours of Fox News last night, something I rarely do, and heard not one word about the Kabul Airport Massacre that left nine Americans dead yesterday at the hands of an Afghan Air Corps officer. There was, however, a recurring crawl reporting the incident along with the killer's possible motive -- financial pressures. ABC News, meanwhile, ran a deeply disturbing report that the killer disarmed all of the Americans and Afghans in the room priot to killing the Americans, execution-style. Why? Because, as many in the media would spin it, the killer had had to sell his home recently, which is what his alleged brother claimed.
Remember Faizal Shahzad, the Times Square Would-be-bomber of 2010? The media babbled on about the financial pressures, including home foreclosure, that must have surely driven Shahzad's attempted act of jihad, trained and supported by Pakistani Taliban, in heart of midtown Manhattan last spring -- becausewhatelsecoulditbe? Of course, when Shahzad was sentenced to life in prison in October, it wasn't Brother, Can You Spare a Dime that he sang out.
A defiant Shahzad said "Allahu Akbar" -- Arabic for "God is great" -- after the judge sentenced him to the mandatory life imprisonment.
"Brace yourself because the war with the Muslims has only just begun," he told the judge before he was sentenced during the 30-minute hearing. "The defeat of the US is imminent and will happen in the near future."
Worth recalling too is the judge's perfect ignorance of Islam. This is a jewel of career asset these days. If you know absolutely nothing about Islam, you, too, are qualified to run two, three simultaneous wars in Islamic countries. Why, Gen. David Petraeus, a man who couldn't find Islam in the umma if you paid him (and we did), has actually been tapped to head the CIA!
And about that birth certificate (pretty much all Fox News talked about last night, by the way):
1) We have one deeply creepy, manipulative President who sits on this thing for two, three years, allowing trial after trial to proceed, all the way to the Supreme Court and back again. That includes the trial of Col. Terry Lakin, the exemplary military surgeon who went so far as to disobey redeployment orders and endure a court martial in hopes of persuading the president to do what he did yesterday -- release the long-form birth certficiate -- seemingly on a whim. Or maybe he did it to take the wind out of Donald Trump's sails. Or to collapse the sales of Jerome Corsi's new book. Or to try to reverse his own slump in the polls, suddenly bouyed by the rising calls of birth certficate "racism" (?!) across the land ....
2) We have one deeply creepy, manipulated media who tells us for two, three years that the President has already released his birth certificate and then reports the release of his birth certificate as the biggest gee-whiz news since Lindberg flew the Atlantic (the New York Times even reproduced the form on page one, while the Kabul Airport Massacre didn't rate a drop of space). Not one of them says: Gee, Prez, why'dja wait so long? What was that all about? And don't you have some other paper we should see in the name of "transparency"? But no. They can't even see that they have been played, too, because they are partisans to a point where any objectivity is altogether impossible for them.