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On Terrorism, Cruz Has No Idea

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Froma Harrop

Froma Harrop’s nationally syndicated column appears in over 150 newspapers. Media Matters ranks her column 20th nationally in total readership and 14th in large newspaper concentration. Harrop has been a guest on PBS, MSNBC, Fox News and the Daily Show with Jon Stewart and is a frequent voice on NPR and talk radio stations in every time zone as well.

A Loeb Award finalist for economic commentary in 2004 and again in 2011, Harrop was also a Scripps Howard Award finalist for commentary in 2010. She has been honored by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists and the New England Associated Press News Executives Association has given her five awards.

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  1. docb December 17, 2015

    The rw stumblebums are proposing everything against the Geneva Convention…Violence, hate and stupid are what the tea gops brought …Now repubs own it!

    http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/dec/16/republican-debate-isis-war-crimes

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    1. joe schmo December 17, 2015

      Really! Europe is being overrun by Sharia. Read my statement above. You are a fool!

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      1. tomtype December 17, 2015

        Nowhere is Europe run by Sharia. It is only law in our good friends of Saudi Arabia and Oman in the Middle East. In Britain it may be used among Muslims to settle private disputes, so long as it does not contravene national law. Exactly the same as Jewish religious law is treated, even here. Or Canon law is treated here. But to deny that, would be to deny religious freedom. Boy are you really slow. Is you IQ single digit, or just really conservative?

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        1. Bren Frowick December 17, 2015

          Is there a difference? It seems being “really conservative” nowadays pretty much REQUIRES a single-digit IQ.

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        2. docb December 18, 2015

          True.Tomt. But slow, obdurate. and willfully ignorant is all they have.

          This is a good point out of the desperation of the gawd awful indolent right need to lie and cheat and inflate…

          http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/ted-cruz-immigration-poison-pill

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      2. Insinnergy December 17, 2015

        Ahhh the sweet sweet sound of willful ignorance striking the unyielding brick wall of reality.
        Hope it was head first.

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        1. Buck Ofama December 17, 2015

          That’s not reality. It’s the fantasy land you live in.

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      3. Polana December 17, 2015

        Says who?? U??? SHOW ME the state where the Sharia law is in force??? Do U know what Sharia law is???

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    2. Dominick Vila December 17, 2015

      The outlandish foreign policy commentaries made by Republicans, from banning refugees, to banning Muslims, to carpet bombings, to Egyptian granaries, are all designed to deflect attention from solid economic improvement in the USA, job creation, low interest rates, low gas prices, consumer confidence and spending, etc.
      Their comments are manifestations of desperation by members of the party that passed on to us an economy on the verge of collapse, a DOW Index at 7,000 points, GM and other major corporations on the verge of collapse, Lehman Brothers, Bernie Maddoff, AIG, 800,000 jobs being lost every month, 4,700 U.s. soldiers killed in Iraq and tens of thousands maimed, a Persian Gulf completely destabilized, a new terrorist organization on the rise, eleven terrorist attacks against U.S. embassies and consulates…and 9/11. That’s the Republican legacy the charlatans are trying to distract us from with the irresponsible rhetoric their myopic supporters love so much.

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  2. jakenhyde December 17, 2015

    Froma Harrop….I’ll explain why the NSA’s computers going through metadata is an invasion of privacy. You’re very naive if you think that a government agency wouldn’t abuse its ability to snoop. Snowden already showed us what unbridled government agencies can and will do if they’re not reined in.
    So far as the remark about millions of people at airports having their luggage inspected is concerned, when one goes to an airport, there is the expectation that his luggage will be inspected. Not so with phone calls. Unless one party or the other indicates otherwise(this call is being monitored), there is the expectation of privacy. And that privacy should only be abrogated by a court order for individual calls.

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    1. tomtype December 17, 2015

      Except that now we no longer have an expectation of the privacy of the metadata: the number calling, the number called, the length of time and the amount of the bill. We already know that the phone company keeps that data, so we don’t expect that to be secret.

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      1. jakenhyde December 17, 2015

        I agree. I was referring to the content of the phone call.

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  3. pmbalele December 17, 2015

    I knew it that Cruz would be short on terrorism and immigration. People should know Cruz is an immigrant. He has migrant labor Visa. But he has overstayed it. He is born in Canada to a Cuban father. That is why Cruz voted for the Canadian pipe-line. Cruz is now trying to renounce the Canadian and Cuban citizenship. But Texans are so stupid to elect a migrant labor as their senator.

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    1. joe schmo December 17, 2015

      Obama is a Muslim and there is NO proof that he is American. Nowadays, forgeries are easy to create.

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      1. Grannysmovin December 17, 2015

        OMG – ODS runs deep in you. Obama is not Muslim, His birth certificate issued at the time of his birth in Hawaii is proof he is an American. 8 years of this BS. “It is real, and no amount of saying it is not, is going to change that,” Fukino said. Moreover, she added, her boss at the time, Lingle — who was backing John McCain for president — would presumably have to be in on any cover up since Fukino made her public comment at the governor’s office’s request. “Why would a Republican governor — who was stumping for the other guy — hold out on a big secret?” she asked.
        Her second point — one she made repeatedly in the interview — is that the shorter, computer generated “certification of live birth” that was obtained by the Obama campaign in 2007 and has since been publicly released is the standard document that anybody requesting their birth certificate from the state of Hawaii would receive from the health department.” Dr Fukino was appointed to her former position by a Republican Governor. http://www.nbcnews.com/id/42519951/ns/politics-more_politics/t/ex-hawaii-official-denounces-ludicrous-birther-claims/#.VnLS_vkrKUk

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        1. 5612jean December 17, 2015

          Why waste your time or energy of the likes of that moron joe schmo.

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        2. Dominick Vila December 17, 2015

          The funniest part is that these are the same people who have no problem with a Cuban-Canadian running for President of the USA!
          BTW, President Obama provided both the short birth certificate form we all have, and a long form that is seldom issued when the allegations continued. These are also the same people who don’t understand the difference between a Black father from Kenya and Arabs, a different ethnic group.
          I don’t think their comments are always motivated by ignorance. Much of it is prejudice and intense hatred towards a man who managed to do what they failed to accomplish.

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        3. BillP December 17, 2015

          replying to the knuckle dragging troll called Schmuck is a waste of time. The fact that he still brings up the “birther” issue show the level of hatred he has. Forgeries may be easy to create but this forgery would have to be imported into the state of Hawaii’s birth certificate database. Schmuck wouldn’t believe the doctor who delivered Barack Hussein Obama in Honolulu Hawaii on 8/4/1961, Schmuck would claim he was an impostor. Nothing you say or write will change his deluded mind.

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      2. greenlantern1 December 17, 2015

        Arnold Schwarzenegger WAS born in Germany!
        Unless you want to state that his birth certificate was a forgery!

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        1. Dominick Vila December 17, 2015

          Sen McCain was born in Panama. Admittedly, his father was a NAVY Admiral stationed there, and the Canal Zone was u.S. territory in those days.
          The funniest part is their support for Rafael Eduardo Cruz, a Cuban Canadian!
          Hypocrisy and racism on steroids.

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          1. Bren Frowick December 17, 2015

            And Mitt Romney’s father was born in Mexico, where his family had lived for generations. Yet somehow, the issue of “birthright” only became significant when Obama -who actually WAS born in the United States – became president. The bigotry of the sad little people trying to keep the lie of his supposed “foreignness” alive is rather pathetic.

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        2. dtgraham December 17, 2015

          Arnie is Austrian.

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        3. joe schmo December 20, 2015

          He didn’t have anything to hide. Besides he was a governor not pres.
          United States Constitution for election to the office of President or Vice President. …
          Do some research. Liberals never do!

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          1. greenlantern1 December 20, 2015

            Didn’t Schwarzenegger address a Republican convention, for Bush, where he floated a trial balloon for the presidency?

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      3. tomtype December 17, 2015

        You are a forgery of a real American. See how easy forgeries are to make and even try to pass. As American as a $3 bill.

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      4. drdroad December 17, 2015

        There’s a hell of a lot more proof President Obama is an American than that he isn’t, or that he is a Muslim! Hard to forge the then Republican Governor of Hawaii stating the President was born there. However, I commend you for stating the obviously false info, it further’s our understanding of you.

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        1. joe schmo December 20, 2015

          I understand myself very well thank you very much. At least I am honest about it:)

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      5. Insinnergy December 17, 2015

        It’s true. Whenever you post it becomes apparent that someone has successfully forged something resembling a human being from lies, Republican bile, and misinformation.

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      6. bobnstuff December 17, 2015

        Joe, you don’t like his minister, remember. Most Muslims don’t have ministers.

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      7. dtgraham December 17, 2015

        Hey joe, Jimmy Kimmel had a good theory on Obama’s background a few years back at the White House Correspondent’s dinner. He looked at Obama and said, “so…health care for all whether we want it or not huh.” “You know, I think I’ve finally got you figured out.” “You’re not Kenyan at all.” “It’s worse than that.” “You’re Canadian.”

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  4. joe schmo December 17, 2015

    ….and the liberals do? Sweden has gotten so liberal and it has let so many liberals into their country that they are now receiving notes on their doors that state, either they convert to Islam or they will be killed. Do you want that here?

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    1. pmbalele December 17, 2015

      So you do not dispute Cruz was not born on US soil. Obama is not running for the WH job now. Why bother him?

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    2. tomtype December 17, 2015

      More right wing scare tactics, and confusion as to what a liberal is. If you don’t know who and what you enemy is you never know how to counter him.

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      1. @HawaiianTater December 17, 2015

        Not knowing stuff is Joe Schmuck’s trademark.

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    3. Insinnergy December 17, 2015

      Wow.
      Do you actually read what you write before you write it? Or do you just “go with your gut”?
      I swear that meme about “if you have enough monkeys” springs to mind whenever I read your thoroughly offensive, ridiculous and moronic outpourings of Republican ignorance and angst.

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      1. @HawaiianTater December 17, 2015

        You shouldn’t get offended by Joe Schmuck. Do what I do. Enjoy him for his entertainment value. That’s about all people like him are worth. Taking them seriously is a waste of time. Laughing at them, however, now that’s good fun.

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        1. Insinnergy December 20, 2015

          Amen.

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        2. Daniel Jones December 22, 2015

          I’d love to, but it conditions us to accept Trump until it’s too damn late.

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      2. joe schmo December 20, 2015

        No angst. Fact! Facts you are blind to.

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        1. Insinnergy December 20, 2015

          Sorry, I blanked out for a second there.
          I tried to reread your post but the concentrated stupidity blew my mind.

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    4. Polana December 17, 2015

      Joe, Thank Liberals (progressives) for your unalienable rights as a individual to freedom of the press, freedom of religion for all believers, separations of church and state, freedom of speech, right to due process and equality under any law for all, voting rights, protection of environment, equal rights, education, infrastructure, health care, basic food/shelter for the hungry and homeless, help when U needed in case of disasters, gun rights, Nat’l Parks etc. All started in the 30’s. In the US they call it modern liberalism, Roosevelt’s,WPA, SS (1935), AVR of 1965, Most of the liberals or modern liberals a college graduates with min. income over 80K (51%). Liberalism still remains the dominated political ideology in academia.So thank liberals or progressives for your Parks, roads, trains, even cars, if Republicans will have it their way we will be back to Ottoman/Roman Empire- slavery and gladiators. Trumpie/Cruzzee/RubiCon/Bushie will take us all back in time.
      Money talks and BS walks, and we will have shootings (335 so far) and the blame will be on Liberals right?? U listen too much to Limpballs and Faux News,

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      1. David December 20, 2015

        Thank liberals? I will thank those armed colonists who wouldn’t put up with an all powerful “benevolent” government.

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    5. JPHALL December 17, 2015

      Same BS response without facts. Same sorry Joe.

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  5. greenlantern1 December 17, 2015

    The Trump Taj Mahal just paid a $10,000,000 fine to FinCen!
    That is part of the Treasury Department.
    It PAID that fine because terrorists used it to launder money!
    Shouldn’t that fine be increased?

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    1. CrankyToo December 17, 2015

      Whether you’re right or wrong about that has become a moot question. The only salient question now is, “How many times do you need to say that before you finally give it a rest?”

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  6. S.J. Jolly December 17, 2015

    Bulk collection of phone data might reveal a terrorist network, but not the “lone wolf pair” plotting of the San Bernardo attackers. And, would it do even that, if the plotters used call forwarding?

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    1. Buck Ofama December 19, 2015

      On the other hand, checking facebook might have worked, if the Kenyan messiah had allowed it.

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  7. Bren Frowick December 17, 2015

    Cruz is a sleaze bag who has finally begun tripping over his own cleverness at telling whatever audience of right wingers he happens to find himself in front of whatever they want to hear. Since consistency has never been a virtue he had the slightest interest in, and because he now has rather long record captured on tape, his complete lack of principle is getting exposed to the withering light of day. Let’s see how long his campaign can survive it.

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    1. Buck Ofama December 19, 2015

      Sounds like at least one Democrat I know, and it ain’t Bernie or Marty.

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  8. Whatmeworry December 17, 2015

    And yet EVERY Republican candidate at least knows that Mooooslim terrorists are the problem. Something Barak refuses to acknowledge

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    1. Mandinka December 24, 2015

      Not true. I was impregnated by a muslim man, and he was the best lay I ever had.

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  9. Eleanore Whitaker December 19, 2015

    Oh puhlease….Why WOULD Canadian Cruz be worried about terrorism? There isn’t the remotest chance Texas will ever go through the likes of 9/11.

    Texas is like a huge sore thumb on the hand of this country. It is the cause of the terrorism due to its grabby Big Oil industry and blowhard attitude that Texas has only to re-enact Dodge City in any country of the world and it’s instant Texification.

    What works in Texas doesn’t work in any other place in the world but Texas. That’s how utterly obtuse the Dodge City cowboys are. They take take take…but when it’s time to give back, they manufacture more excuses than there are guns in their wild west state.

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    1. Buck Ofama December 19, 2015

      Tell the truth, skankazoid. You let George Soros pay you to troll these sites because you can’t make any money selling that baggy old body of yours anymore, can you? Ha! Ha! Ha!

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      1. drdroad December 21, 2015

        Yea, hilarious. jeez, make a point.

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        1. Buck Ofama December 30, 2015

          It’s on your head, you gutless worm.

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    2. David December 20, 2015

      Eleanore!!! The reason 9/11 may not happen in Texas is that we have so many citizens who are armed. Like those two muslimes found out in Garland earlier this year. Makes you feel good doesn’t it?

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  10. Buck Ofama December 19, 2015

    So now the left is coming out for mass surveillance of American citizens. Who knew?

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