Obama Warns: If ‘Madmen’ Terrorists Get Nuclear Material

I always worry when the guy who gets daily intelligence briefings talks like this:

There is no doubt that if these madmen ever got their hands on a nuclear bomb or nuclear material, they would certainly use it to kill as many innocent people as possible. It would change our world.” — Barack Obama

Perhaps some solace in that he said it on April Fools Day? NOT!


Author: craigcrawford

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68 thoughts on “Obama Warns: If ‘Madmen’ Terrorists Get Nuclear Material”

  1. Everything is For Sale to the highest bidder. I understand the innate greed of human beings on such matters as profiting off each other’s misery. However do the dark souls who sell think through that if a bomb is detonated, they could end up being nothing more than a smudge on the sidewalk? All that money, so little time.

  2. in case you missed this last night. 1st part trashing trump and at 9:12 minutes in shields (not a hillary supporter) says “charges about taking [oil $$] totally bogus…..inaccurate and unfair…surprised at sanders campaign”

    Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, including flagging polls for front-runners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in Wisconsin, the outlook for other primary contests ahead, plus more provocative comments from Trump and a quarrel between Clinton and Sanders over campaign donations.


  3. After the Paris attacks, Obama tried to pooh-pooh the abilities of ISIS.  He needs to bite the hand of whomever is spoon-feeding him information, because they are doing a crap job.

    ps – The first thing I hear in the morning does not need to be a recorded phone call from Bently to his mistress.  “I need to bite your left ear, okay”?  Eeeeesh.

  4. Yep, it could be worrisome if something is actually going on and they’re giving us info in drubs and drabs, or, if nothing is going on and they want folks to be afraid, or, if nothing is going on but they want authority to do something in order to make it look like Dems are just as security-capable as tough-talking Repugz, or…


    “if these madmen ever got their hands on a nuclear bomb or nuclear material”

    IF? boss,  baby kim isn’t what i’d call iffy.


    blueid,  “it could be worrisome if something is actually going on”?… see above. 

  6. And all over the news this morning, the info that ISIS has taken over the university in Mosul which happens to contain a world class chemistry department and the potential for making a dirty bomb.  Major problem:  collateral damage, students in residence, and not knowing exact location of the lab.  Who to kill or not kill on a possibility?


  7. from the guardian re trevor noah:

    He knew the importance of the show to US comedy but was taken aback – when he was handed the job of host – by what people saw his role as being. Comedian? Hardly. Try a mix of analyst, clever best friend and voice of an entire electoral class.

    “You realise that there are people who want you to feel and articulate for them,” he says. “There are people who believe it is your duty to express their point of view or their anger. I didn’t know that before I got on the show. I just thought people were watching it and enjoying it. People – to a certain extent – have become couch protestors. They want to tweet about the thing and see someone say something and feel like they did something. I come from a world where you get up and you go do something about it.

    “In South Africa the youth rose up, the people rose up,” he adds. “You didn’t tweet about the thing, you didn’t watch TV shows about the thing, you made something happen yourself. Satire was seen as an additional tool or a weapon in that arsenal.”

    couch protestors. good term.

  8. Saw this on Twitter

    “As Bernie has gone negative, his favorability has fallen -from cnn/orc poll ”

    Yes, i find Bernie to be so different now.. Years of level headed good listening on Thom Hartmann out the window.. A typical politician, really i should have known.. It is what it is..

  9. Here’s why a Bernie Sanders victory for the nomination would make him a hypocrite
    Jonathan Capehart

    “Sen. Bernie Sanders’s ongoing hustle of the Democratic Party was revealed at the very end of his interview with Rachel Maddow on Wednesday.
    Lauding the Independent from Vermont’s fundraising prowess, the MSNBC anchor asked Sanders when he might start applying his considerable abilities to benefit the Democratic Party. In his response, Sanders pointed out that the average $27 contribution to his presidential campaign is “a very different way of raising money than Secretary Clinton has pursued.” So, Maddow pressed him.

    MADDOW:  Well, obviously your priority is the nomination, but I mean you raised Secretary Clinton there. She has been fundraising both for the nomination and for the Democratic Party.  At some point, do you think — do you foresee a time during this campaign when you’ll start doing that?
    SANDERS:  Well, we’ll see.  And, I mean right now, again, our focus is on winning the nomination. Secretary Clinton has access, uh, to kinds of money, uh, that we don’t, that we’re not even interested in. So let’s take it one step at a time. And the step that we’re in right now is to win the Democratic nomination.

    “We’ll see”? “Secretary Clinton has access, uh, to kinds of money, uh, that we don’t, that we’re not even interested in”? To appreciate how those two comments expose Sanders’s hustle, you need some background.
    Sanders, the self-identified Democratic Socialist, is a registered Independent who caucuses with the Senate Democrats. Not only has he been helpful in raising money for them in the past, he also has availed himself of those same funds. But in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, Sanders has done nothing. In fact, he has disparaged Clinton at every opportunity for doing so.”

    Like i’ve been saying, Bernie has been a Democrat for all of 5 mins.. That he doesn’t see that he will need down ticket Dems if he were to get the nomination is astounding..

  10. Letter of the week as it appeared in the Des Moines Register.

    Hey Chuck Grassley, are you smarter than a teenager?

    An open letter to Sen. Chuck Grassley:

    This year I and thousands of other young Iowans will be voting in their first election.

    The argument many Republicans are making is that Barack Obama is a “lame duck” president, and, because “the people have not spoken,” he should not be allowed to nominate a replacement for Justice Antonin Scalia.

    However, you are running for reelection in Iowa this November. At that time, Iowans will go to the polls and their voice will be heard. Until then, who speaks for the people of Iowa? You, as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, carry significant power in determining who gets to become the next Supreme Court Justice. But senator, since you, too, are in an election year, how can you possess the authority to make a decision that will affect the future of our country if “the people have not yet spoken”? Following the direction of the Republican’s logic, I politely ask you to step aside as chairman of the Senate Judiciary committee until the elections take place.

    If you want to make critical decisions based on a constructed rationale, at least apply your creative thinking to all elected officials — including yourself.

    — Jake Smith, senior, Roosevelt High School

  11. “Never trust an atom.  They make up everything.” -someone’s tee-shirt

  12. Blue that Tee-shirt is something you would find daily on Science Porn.  They are truly funny and/or informative on both Twitter & Facebook

    My favorite factual one from yesterday:

    “April Fools Day is the one day of the year when people critically evaluate news articles before accepting them as true.”


  13. Craig,

    It concerns me as well, on two levels.

    Either something is in the wind and they are not saying, or it’s WMDs all over again. Neither is especially comforting.

  14. jace, what a terrific letter the kid wrote.  hopefully, his “But senator, since you, too, are in an election year, how can you possess the authority to make a decision that will affect the future of our country if “the people have not yet spoken”? Following the direction of the Republican’s logic, I politely ask you to step aside as chairman of the Senate Judiciary committee until the elections take place.” gets a lot of coverage and play in the press and on the weekend pol talk shows.  maybe they’ll even give the kid an on air “atta boy” and interview.


  15. Jace made my either/or point much more clearly.

    Much more interested in the ducks looking to nest in the yard than in state-unaffiliated creeps looking to do harm in any manner.

  16. Patd,


    I loved it too. The republican position is so weak and the logic so twisted that they can’t even make sense of it.

    Following their logic to it’s conclusion would mean that if the US were attacked tomorrow we would have to  wait for the ‘people to speak’ before we decide how to respond.

  17. Blue,

    You had it spot on, but phrases like that sound frighteningly like they were lifted from a George W. Bush State of the Union Speech.

  18. If Trump becomes the next prez, I will expect a dirty bomb going off to happen.  He seems to be in favor of giving out the bomb like lollipops.

  19. Is it  just me, or does anyone else get the feeling that the Trump tide has crested and beginning to recede?

    Not sure that the nomination drama is going to materialize. Trump is only a legend in his own mind, everyone else, not so much.

  20. Trump’s rationale for encouraging nuclear proliferation is cost savings for the US.

    Why should we pay for other country’s – like Japan- defense.

    I hope Trump has peaked.


  21. If Twitter flow is any indication, Drumpf has definitely lost his charm.  Enough of the ignorance has been on display that even the most low info ardent had to notice.


  22. I get the feeling that the RNC is going to purge the lot of them and run Paul Ryan & Nikki Hayley.

    I think Trump is getting tired of this game, but he’s done so much damage to his brand, I think he’ll fight to the end because he’s lost so much.

    New SNL tonight!

  23. He’s still not as awful as Ted Cruz, but if this Nat’l Enquirer story has any merrrit (or sticks, even if false), then he’s toast, too.

  24. Not that I think that the two situations are necessarily similar, but when Ross Perrot realized that he might be forced to put up or shut up he scuttled his own campaign. Not sure what Trump is doing, but every wound he gets seems to be self inflicted. Looking for a way out with out being called a quitter?

  25. pogo, yep, cnn a couple of weeks ago pointed out the emperor has no clothes…made in America:

    Donald Trump blasts companies like Ford and Apple for manufacturing products outside the United States. He even threatened to stop eating Oreo cookies after he learned some production was moving to Mexico.
    But Trump does the same thing. Many of his products are made outside the United States. Most Donald J. Trump ties are made in China. Some Donald J. Trump suits are also made in China.

    Donald J. Trump signature men’s dress shirts are made in China, Bangladesh or “imported,” meaning they were made abroad.

    And it’s not just Donald’s products. Harvard professor and trade expert Robert Lawrence analyzed over 800 items in the Ivanka Trump fashion line. There are shoes, dresses, purses and scarves. All are “imported.”

  26. msn reuters:

    The Republican front-runner came under fire from Obama on Friday over Trump’s recent comments that he would not rule out using nuclear weapons in Europe and that Japan and South Korea might need nuclear weapons to ease the U.S. financial commitment to their security.

    “…The person who made the statements doesn’t know much about foreign policy or nuclear policy or the Korean peninsula, or the world generally,” Obama told a news conference at the conclusion of a nuclear security summit in Washington.

    “I’ve said before that people pay attention to American elections. What we do is really important to the rest of the world,” he said.

  27. cnn shows what goes around comes around in their “Clinton, under fire for oil and gas donations, once hit Obama for same reason” linking this 2008 ad:


    and ending with this observation:
    Brian Fallon, Clinton’s press secretary, responded to the 2008 ad by noting that Sanders, too, has taken money from employees at oil and gas companies.
    “Then, as now, both Democratic candidates in the race accepted donations from employees of oil and gas companies,” Fallon said. “We have not accused Senator Sanders of being beholden to the oil and gas industry on that basis, nor should he say that of Hillary Clinton.”

  28. Another aspect of Trump’s business success not discussed often enough is his use of tax abatement.   He pays less or not at all and you make up the difference.

  29. ooooh, more scandal on the election horizon “relevant to the 2016 presidential race”…  names of some of those 815 alleged clients of dc madam might also be relevant to races other than the presidential.

    Lifting DC Madam gag order added to Supreme Court docket
    Rachel Maddow reports on the apparent inevitability that the DC Madam’s records will be released relatively soon as a set of conditions ranging from the Supreme Court to an attorney’s “dead man switch” are all pointing to the same result.

  30. Obamas daily briefing:

    Military Contractors: Mr. Obama….this is the third month in a row that we have fallen under 80% of weapons sales…….can you help us out a little……

    Obama: Sure….ill get back to you. I found out that starting wars is a lot easier than i thought…..and no one, no one cares about   them……..

  31. more re the madam’s lawyer who says her blackbook is already online

    For all intents and purposes, former attorney Montgomery Blair Sibley, a failed presidential candidate and disbarred truther, could just be a crazy guy. However, he could also be a crazy guy who has the client list of the deceased “D.C. Madam” Deborah Jeane Palfrey.

    Despite the fact that Sibley has been restricted by a gag order to not release the phone records of more than 800 Washington insiders who patronized Palfrey’s escort service, the former lawyer told U.S. News & World Report that he already uploaded the files to the internet.

  32. Daily briefing:  Mr. Obama……now that weve made Syria a legitimate democracy by over throwing assad………..here is an approved list of people that can take his place…..


    Obama…..thanks….and make it clear that they can not vote for just anyone they want…..or else

    Daily briefing: Mr. Obama….fkn Iraq is broke……how we going to pay for it………

    Obama: not to worry, we will get it from the us tax payer…….they dont need it for now…….find out how much we save on cutting food stamps will u…..





  33. and does “relevant to presidential race” include extended family such as spouse, campaign aides, ex spouses, children or just the short list of bernie, hillary, donny, teddy and johnny?

    time for more popcorn, renee.  seems corn’s not the only thing that’ll be popping in d.c..

  34. The press just keep playing all of these games that appeal to the RAh Rah people……but never, never let  us know what is going on out side of the show that the two parties put on……….just to distract us…….they always win no?

    Meanwhile……..us troops are on the russian boarder…………….on the russian boarder…….and what for?…….to fight russian agression………..ok  have a great wkend…..im going mountain bike riding for a cpl of days…..hope to live to see check in next week……..Tony….if im ever anywhere close to you…..i would love going to dinner, anywhere, any time…..later pal

  35. Has anyone had any contact with Nash? I have emailed him a couple of times, but no response

  36. Funny how “imported” sounds so much fancier than “outsourced to slave labor overseas.”

    Have fun & stay safe Solar.

  37. Surprise! The news blurb alleges untrusTED’s name is on the list.

    The dangers of madmen with nukes and the lawyer of a deceased madam with a radio-active list.

  38. solar’s briefing made me think of nash too.  miss those faux phone conversations he concocted.

    also have we heard from flatus lately?  he was feeling kinda poorly that last time he checked in.  prolly he and sturge are battened down for the bad weather their way.  seems this year march came in like a lamb and left as a lion….still roaring.

  39. Clinton, Sanders had opposing views on biomedical research

    “Sanders and (then Republican House Majority Leader Tom) DeLay – some unlikely group – were just unyielding and they were part of the religious right’s attempt to shut down this whole critical new frontier of therapy for chronic disease,” said Robert Klein, chairman of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine.

    “It’s fine to say you’re for stem cell research but you vote against it and you vote against all therapeutic application, it doesn’t mean anything to say you’re for it,” Klein said. “Fine, he votes for it years later when it’s more popular and the pressure is off. We needed leadership then.”


  40. If true, I guess that would make Ted a free trader. Republicans love unregulated business models.

  41. Patd

    You have to wonder if the National Enquirer story might have gotten ahead of itself on this DC Madam story.  Did they get a leak from the attorney supposedly holding the info?


  42. Blue,

    Earlier, Trump, “His tiny, tiny hand.” Oh my, i laughed out loud again.. The man and his hands, so crazy! 


    You and Judy have dinner on me anytime, would be a total pleasure.. We don’t have to talk about the Clinton’s :0)))))


  43. Jamie,


    If the AFL-CIO wants to overturn Citizens United  then they better get the rank and file in line and tell them to quit flirting with Trump. You are not going to overturn this legislation or have much chance at passing pro union legislation as long as you keep voting like Reagan Democrats.

  44. aw shit, where is flatus? did flatus post since he said he was not feeling well at all?  thought i saw one post the day after he said he was having a bad day.- so took him off my list of worries- but now that you mention him pat…

  45. Holy CRAP.  Villanova blew Oklahoma out.  New record final four win margin of 44 points. Shot 72% from the floor.  Another new record.   Now let’s see what NC and Syracuse do with each other.

  46. I thought Flatus had the flu; think he last posted on Wed or Thurs and was feeling awful.   Hope he’s on the mend, whatever it was.

    patD – No, that didn’t show up in my search earlier today, but it’s there now. What I read was all supposition, probably because of the Nat’l Enquirer story.  Who, knows.  It could be Bernie or anyone…or no one.  Could someone innocent be added to the list to throw a spanner into the political machinery?


  47. For those of you so-inclined to watch, Hillary will be The View on Tuesday (if your local affiliate airs shows on the scheduled day and doesn’t do the one-day delay thingy.)

  48. She was great tonight on C-SPAN for the Wisconsin Democratic Party fundraiser.


  49. Louie Gohmert should be an April Fools’ joke.  Unfortunately he is all too real.

    Republican Demands women stay at home, opposes bill for girl’s science education

    ‘Women were created for one thing and one thing alone. We are insulting the Lord by allowing women to act like men. Women are beautiful creatures, no doubt about that. We marry them, we look after them, we provide for them and we love them, but that does not mean they are the same as us. It is the job of a woman to stay at home, to maintain the household, to bear children and look after them after they’re born. Nowhere in the scriptures does it say that women should be chasing after fancy titles and knowledge. The only knowledge they need is the one we men allow them to have.’

  50. gohmert would be my pick for cruz’ vp, if they weren’t both from the Holy Texan Empire.

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