The top dog of America's airport Gestapo forces, the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) has issued a bogeyman alert over the phony "terrorist" group Khorasan. Never mind that the existence of the crazier than ISIS (ISIL, IS) Muslim marauders has already been debunked as more political trickery by Obama to scare the bejesus out of Americans. The government is still selling Khorosan past it's expiration date in order to capitalize on America's first workplace beheading and the possibility that old men with cane swords may be lurking in the aisle seats.
According to The Hill in a story entitled "TSA chief: Khorasan a threat to US flights":
Transportation Security Administration chief John Pistole said Friday that the Khorasan Group, an al Qaeda cell in northern Syrian, represented "a clear and present danger" to commercial flights to Europe and the United States.
"The stakes are real and the threats are high," Pistole told to members of the Aero Club, an organization that promotes the aviation industry, at a luncheon. "I see the Khorasan Group as being a very capable, determined enemy who was very much focused on getting somebody or something on a plane bound for Europe or the United States."
With about 275 airports worldwide with direct flights to the U.S., heightened security measures are being implemented at "a couple dozen" airports in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, targeting those that might be used by a terrorist to fly to the U.S, he said.
The top aviation security noted that U.S. airstrikes this week against the militant group were intended to disrupt an "imminent attack or attack entering the last phases of execution."
"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed -- and hence clamorous to be led to safety -- by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary."
- H.L. Mencken
But El Presidente continues his fear-mongering just in time for Halloween. In an epic nationally televised infomercial Obama showed up on CBS's flagship 60 Minutes last night. I am old enough to actually remember when 60 Minutes was a real news program instead of the zombie incarnation of the current era where it has become a ratings obsessed venue for government lies and celebrity swill. I excerpt from the transcript of Obama's interview (bracketed dialogue is mine]:
Steve Kroft: A lot of things going on in the world right now. A lot of them bad. You run into people on the street and they say the world is falling apart. You got Syria. You've got Iraq. You've got Ukraine. You've got Ebola. Is this the most difficult period of your presidency, the biggest challenge of your presidency, this period we're in right now?
[Translation: Nice job of fucking everything up O-bozo - how did that team of rivals thing work out for you?]
President Obama: It's a significant period. But if you think about what I walked into when I came into office, we had not only two wars still active, but we also had a world financial system, that was becoming unraveling. And we were losing 800,000 jobs a month. So you know, we've had challenges before, and we've overcome them. That's not to downplay the serious challenges that we do face right now, mostly internationally.
[Groan... there he goes blaming Bush again. Listen buddy, you own this mess now so stop whining. Who would have ever thought that the Bushreich would one day be looked back upon wistfully?]
"This is not America against ISIL. This is America leading the international community to assist a country..."
[The "international community" including the predominant sponsors of radical Islamic terrorism in Saudi Arabia]
Steve Kroft: I understand all the caveats about these regional groups. But this is an army of 40,000 people, according to some of the military estimates I heard the other day, very well-trained, very motivated.
President Obama: Well, part of it was that...
[The teleprompter must have crashed..]
Steve Kroft: What? How did they end up where they are in control of so much territory? Was that a complete surprise to you?
[Hey... I was playing golf...]
President Obama: Well I think, our head of the intelligence community, Jim Clapper, has acknowledged that I think they underestimated what had been taking place in Syria.
[Sure, why not trust the word of a serial perjurer?]
"And when trouble comes up anywhere in the world, they don't call Beijing. They don't call Moscow. They call us."
[Yes, "they call us" many things, for example "the Great Satan"]
Steve Kroft: I mean, he didn't say that, just say that, we underestimated ISIL. He said, we overestimated the ability and the will of our allies, the Iraqi army, to fight.
President Obama: That's true. That's absolutely true. And I...
[Just say it Obama - you underestimated them after you armed them]
Steve Kroft: You've got midterm elections coming up. Are you going to get shellacked?
[Bent over and butt-fucked would be a more accurate description]
President Obama: Well...
[Whoops, the teleprompter crashed again]
Steve Kroft: Or do you think that, I mean, are you optimistic? What are the issues and what are you going to tell the American people?
[Time to get out the hip-waders]
President Obama: Here's what I'm going to tell the American people. When I came into office, our economy was in crisis. We had unemployment up at 10 percent. It's now down to 6.1. We've had the longest run of uninterrupted private sector job growth in our history. We have seen deficits cut by more than half. Corporate balance sheets are probably the best they've been in the last several decades. We are producing more energy than we have before. We are producing more clean energy than we ever have before. I can put my record against any leader around the world in terms of digging ourselves out of a terrible, almost unprecedented financial crisis. Ronald Reagan used to ask the question, "Are you better off than you were four years ago?" In this case, are you better off than you were in six? And the answer is, the country is definitely better off than we were when I came into office, but now we have to make sure...
[What a bullshit artist, as if name-dropping Reagan is going to excuse all of his incompetence]
Steve Kroft: Do you think people will feel that?
[The Democrats have an army of gullible suckers although it is dwindling daily]
President Obama: They don't feel it. And the reason they don't feel it is because incomes and wages are not going up. There are solutions to that. If we raise the minimum wage, if we make sure women are getting paid the same as men for doing the same work, if we are rebuilding our infrastructure, if we're doing more to invest in job training so people are able to get the jobs that are out there right now, because manufacturing is coming back to this country. Not just the auto industry that we've saved, but you're starting to see reinvestment here in the United States. Businesses around the world are saying for the first time in a long time, "The place to invest isn't in China. It's the United States."
[China sure is "investing" in the United States, thanks to Obama and his slimy Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner we are in hock up to our ass to them]
Steve Kroft: Do you think you can hold the Senate?
[Can pigs fly?]
President Obama: Yes. I do.
[Cut that man off! He has exceeded his alcohol limit]
Steve Kroft: You think you can sell this.
[Are there still enough suckers out there who will bite on "hope and change" hogwash?]
President Obama: You know what?
[I have an inkling that they are beginning to suspect that I suck]
Steve Kroft: You think you can convince people that they're doing fine, economically?
[Banker bonuses have never been better and the parties on the Hamptons and Martha's Vineyard will be like Roman orgies this year]
President Obama: Hopefully, they get a chance to hear the argument, because all I'm doing is presenting the facts.
Yep Mr. President, just like Khorasan or for that matter "hope" and "change". As the late P.T. Barnum once nailed it: "there is a sucker born every minute" and they breed like rabbits in America these days. How else could a two-bit shit salesman like Obama have ever been elected as president?