Art Imitates Life

Recently I was sitting at home and I watched the 80’s movie RED DAWN.  There was one scene that stuck out in particular for me.  Jed and Col. Tanner are discussing what happened with the invasion of America….

Col. Andy Tanner: [Describing the invasion] West Coast. East Coast.

  Down here is Mexico. First wave of the attack came in disguised as  commercial charter flights same way they did in Afghanistan in 80  Only they were crack Airborne outfits.  Now they took these passes in the Rockies.

Jed Eckert: So thats what hit Calumet.

Col. Andy Tanner: I guess so. They coordinated with selective nuke strikes and the missiles were a helluva lot more accurate than we thought. They took out the silos here in the Dakotas, key points of communication.

Darryl Bates: Like what?

Col. Andy Tanner: Oh, like Omaha, Washington, Kansas City.

Darryl Bates: Gone?

Col. Andy Tanner: Yeah. Thats right. Infiltrators came up illegal from Mexico. Cubans mostly. They managed to infiltrate SAC bases in the Midwest, several down in Texas and wreaked a helluva lot of  havoc, I’m here to tell you. They opened up the door down here, and the whole Cuban & Nicaraguan armies come walking right through, rolled right up here through the Great Plains.

Robert: How far did they get?

Col. Andy Tanner: Cheyenne, across to Kansas. We held them at the Rockies and the Mississippi. Anyway, the Russians reinforced with 60 divisions,  Sent three whole army groups across the Bering Strait into Alaska, cut the pipeline, came across Canada to link up here in the middle, but we stopped their butt cold. The lines havepretty much stabilized now.

Robert: What about Europe?

Col. Andy Tanner: I guess they figured twice in one century was enough. Theyre sitting this one out. All except England, and they wont last very long.

I never really thought about it in this context but if you listen to what is said during this scene in the movie, it really strikes home given the lack of border security and the huge eunich currently sitting in the White House who thinks border security is the floor walker at Border’s Book Store.

Just something to think about.

ALERT: 5 Students From Afghanistan Missing From The University of Washington

Missing Persons Alert

Missing Persons Alert

What the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear 5 students from Afghanistan have been reported missing from an American University?  I know the first thing I thought of was “TERRORISTS”.

From The Infidel Blogger Alliance:

 Three words — terror, terrorism and terrorists — came to mind after reading a Seattle Post-Intelligencer article about five visiting scholars from Kabul University inAfghanistan being reported missing from the University of Washington.  None of those words, however, appeared in the left-coast newspaper article, despite the fact that our nation is waging a war in Afghanistan as we speak.

According to the article, brilliant university officials think the students — who’ve been missing for more than a week — could be trying to remain in the country illegally. (Ya think?) Apparently, the opportunity to study public administration at UW — made possible through the Afghan eQuality Alliances, a program coordinated with the U.S.Agency for International Development — just wasn’t enough to hold their interest.
After contacting a variety of individuals and government agency representatives, I am now able to shed more light on the matter.
At 2:52 p.m. CDT, I received some answers to a set of questions I had sent to Dr. Maria Beebe, chief of party for Afghan eQuality Alliances at Washington State University.  She confirmed that the University of Washington is an alliance partner, despite the fact that the name of the school was not listed on the program’s website.
She also provided the names of the missing students.  They are as follows:
  • Mohammed Ratib Abeer — Member of the National Academy of Sciences of Afghanistan;
  • Masood Ghory — English Instructor for the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission;
  • Rahmatullah Hamidi — Scientific Member for Curriculum Development, Ministry of Education;
  • Numan Tarin — Senior National Coach for the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission; and
  • Sayed Hashmatullah — National Consultant for the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission.
Dr. Beebe said the students were reported “missing” to local police by Ken Peavler after they did not show up in class and their roommates verified that they had not shown up in their rooms.  As program manager at the Evans School of Public Affairs, Peavler’s duties include keeping track of the study-abroad students.
Of the 38 students selected for the program, only 32 remain after one returned home to Afghanistan to deal with a family matter.
Since the Afghan eQuality Alliances program is attracting a number of applicants (250 for the next batch for 36 slots), Dr. Beebe said, program officials can be more selective and add a criteria related to their current job titles.
“So, for example, we can say only directors and assistant director levels would be considered,” she explained.  “At that level, we will also get the older (more mature) students who have children and will have more compelling reasons to go back to Afghanistan.”
Apparently, at least five of the students were not old enough or not motivated enough to want to return.
I have yet to receive additional information from U.S. Agency for International Development or the Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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UPDATE 10/15/08 4:12 p.m. CDT:  According to a Seattle Times article I just found, a total of seven Afghan scholars have vanished from UW this year.
Is it any wonder that Barack Obama as president just plain scares the shit out of me.  After watching him in the debate last night hem and haw his way out of every corner John McCain backed him into, and knowing that Barack Obama is completely incapable of making a decision that would be considered unpopular,  he just lacks the balls to be a leader of any kind let alone POTUS.  If we are attacked, and The Messiah is sitting in the war room, he cannot simply vote “PRESENT”.  He would be required to make a decision, something he just is unable to do.