His name is Khalid Aldawsari. Again, according to the Post story: "The defendant came to the United States as a student in September 2008, but his plan all along was to kill Americans, according to journal entries cited in an FBI affidavit. As a Saudi who entered the United States legally on a student visa, he evoked memories of the Sept. 11, 2001, hijackers, 15 of whom were Saudis."
Aldawsari studied English at Vanderbilt University and chemical engineering at Texas Tech University before transferring to a community college in Lubbock last month. According to the FBI, Aldawsari wrote in his personal journal his intentions:
"And now, after mastering the English language, learning how to build explosives, and continuous planning to target the infidel American, it is time for Jihad."
These are chilling words, indeed. But we've heard them before. If not for some great work by the FBI, there probably would have been what is being called a "weapon of mass destruction" unleashed in the Dallas area as one of his targets was former President Bush's home.
It is breathtaking to think about the major acts of Muslim jihad we have narrowly avoided the past 18 months. And these are the ones we know about:
* Dec. 25, 2009: Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, 24, hides explosives in his underwear and attempts to blow Northwest flight 253 out of the sky over Detroit.
* May 3, 2010: Faisal Shahzad, 31, tried to detonate a bomb in Times Square but it was detected by police and stopped. While pleading guilty in court Shahzad warned Americans: "Brace yourselves, because the war with Muslims has just begun."
* November 28, 2010: Mohammed Osman Mohamud, 19, tried to explode a powerful car bomb amid the throngs of people at a public Christmas tree lighting ceremony in downtown Portland, Ore.. The FBI foiled it.
Imagine what would have happened to our country if any one of these acts of Islamic jihad had been successful? What about if all three had been? Think about how many innocent lives would have been lost and the devastating effect it would have had on our economy. Thank God for the excellent work of the FBI and local police in these cases.
No defense of marriage
Imagine if a Republican president is elected in 2012 and the first thing he announces is his administration will not defend the federal health care reform law (Obamacare) in court because he has deemed it unconstitutional. I can just hear the howls from liberal politicians and media pundits accusing the new president of being a "fascist dictator" who has no right to also play the role of a Supreme Court.
Well, that is precisely what President Obama has decided to with the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) passed by congress in 1996 and signed into law by President Bill Clinton. DOMA was passed in the House of Representatives by a margin of 342-67. It passed in the Senate by an 85-14 margin.
The good news is the Speaker John Boehner has said the House can hire legal counsel and defend DOMA in federal court and that it will. This is actually better for those of us who want to see DOMA defended because now there will be a whole-hearted defense instead of a half-hearted (at best) defense by Attorney General Eric Holder's office...
How about these Democratic senators in Wisconsin hiding out in Illinois so they don't have to vote? I want to know if they campaigned on this promise: "Elect me and I vow to high tail it out of state if it looks like my side won't win."
This also happened a few years ago in Texas if you remember with Democrats fleeing to Oklahoma.
No less then Obama himself said, "Elections have consequences." And he is right. Democrats, Republicans and others can make their case and then the voters must decide who has the best ideas to lead. But at the end of the day you have to man-up and vote. If this were a football game (since we are talking about the land of the world champion Packers) what the Democrats are doing is leaving the field in the middle of the game, with the football, and hiding behind the stands because they are getting beat on the scoreboard.
Now there's the American spirit.
Community columnist Tim Wildmon is a Lee County resident. He is president of the American Family Association, but the column represents his personal opinion unless otherwise noted. Contact him at email@example.com.