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Insider Report: Clinton to Challenge Schwarzenegger?

Saturday, 10 September 2005 12:00 AM

1. Al-Qaida Plan: Islamic World in 15 Years

Al-Qaida has a master plan to take over the world and turn it into an Islamic state - by the year 2020.

Wishful thinking? Not in the minds of the top terrorist lieutenants interviewed by Jordanian journalist Fouad Hussein for a new book - including Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, mastermind of many atrocities in Iraq.

The plan, which is revealed for the first time in the Australian publication The Age, has seven phases:

Phase 1: The "awakening" in the consciousness of Muslims around the world following the 9/11 attacks, which were aimed at provoking the U.S. into declaring war on the Islamic world and mobilizing Islamic radicals.

Phase 2: "Opening eyes," the current period, which should last until 2006. Hussein said the terrorists hope to make the "Western conspiracy" aware of the "Islamic community" as al-Qaida continues to form its secret battalions.

Phase 3: "Arising and standing up," which should last until 2010 and bring increasingly frequent attacks against secular Turkey and archenemy Israel.

Phase 4: Lasting until 2013, this phase will see the fall of hated Arab regimes, including Saudi Arabia and Jordan. Oil suppliers will be attacked and the U.S. economy will be targeted with cyber terrorism.

Phase 5: An Islamic state, or caliphate, can be declared between 2013 and 2016.

Phase 6: "Total confrontation," beginning in 2016, will see the Islamic army begin the "fight between the believers and the non-believers" that has been predicted by Osama bin Laden.

Phase 7: "Definitive victory."

Hussein writes that this phase should be completed by 2020, and that the terrorists believe the caliphate will prove victorious because the rest of the world will be beaten down by an army of "one and a half billion Muslims."

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Enticed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's plunging approval ratings, California Democrats are courting some heavy hitters to run against him next year - including Bill Clinton.

"We hear that major donors are reaching out to former President Clinton, once governor of Arkansas, to run," Paul Bedard writes in his U.S. News & World Report column, Washington Whispers.

A Democratic strategist quoted by Bedard says: "On first blush, it might sound nuts. But he'd be governor of the fourth-largest economy in the world and have the ability to raise hundreds of millions of dollars for Hillary" if she ran for president.

Other potential candidates being considered include ex-Lakers star Magic Johnson, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and activist actor Rob Reiner, aka "Meathead" of "All in the Family" fame.

Says Bedard: "Imagine a 'Meathead vs. Terminator' race in 2006."

3. Google Taking On Microsoft

Google has been making inroads in a wide array of hi-tech areas. Now it appears poised to go up against the biggest technology giant of all - Microsoft.

Two weeks ago the Insider Report disclosed that Google is building a national broadband network massive enough to rival even the largest Internet service providers, and could eventually offer free Wi-Fi access.

Google has also acquired mobile-phone software company Android Inc., announced it was getting into the instant messaging and Internet telephone businesses, and stocked its development coffers with a $4 billion secondary stock offering.

Now comes word that Google has been luring away talented engineers with expertise in two Microsoft strongholds: browsers and operating systems.

"One source familiar with the company says some of these hires are working on an Internet operating system that might run on top of Linux and could compete with Microsoft's Windows franchise," Business Week reports.

Such a move would constitute "an attack on the very foundation of Microsoft," the magazine states.

In the past year Google has also hired several developers of the Firefox browser, a distant challenger to Microsoft's Internet Explorer.

"If I'm Microsoft, I'm watching these guys co-opt my desktop," Michael Gartenberg, an analyst at Jupiter Research, told Business Week.

"I would be concerned about the sheer power of their presence."

4. Weld's Quotes Show His Liberal Stripes

Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld has announced that he'll seek the Republican nomination for governor of New York in 2006. But if he hopes to garner support from conservatives, many of his words could come back to haunt him.

The 60-year-old native New Yorker, an investment banker in Manhattan, resigned as Massachusetts governor in 1997 (he was supposedly "bored" with the job) and now wants to become the first two-state leader since Sam Houston governed Tennessee and Texas in the mid-19th century.

He reportedly believes that Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, the front-runner for the democratic nomination, is beatable.

But he'll have to capture the GOP nomination first, which will presumably require that he bring in support from conservatives in the state. And that could be a problem for Weld, according to leading conservative George J. Marlin, former executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Marlin, author of "Fighting the Good Fight: A History of the New York Conservative Party," has compiled a number of statements Weld had made over the years, which expose his left-of-center views on a range of issues.

He also said, "I may well officiate at a same-sex marriage."

And in March 2004, he said: "I believe it is possible that public opinion may become less antagonistic toward same-sex marriage as people see more same-sex couples raising children."

 

5. EchoStar Wants City Named 'Dish'

Wanted: An American town willing to rename itself "Dish."

Reward: Free satellite TV!

In a stunt promotion, EchoStar is looking for a U.S. town or city to rename itself "Dish," and will give citizens of the town a 10-year subscription to the company's Dish Network satellite TV service.

The offer is worth about $4,000 per home, according to the trade publication Broadcasting & Cable, so smaller towns would be cheaper.

Boring, Ore., with 5,400 homes, would cost about $21 million, but Boring, Md., with 905 homes, would be a bargain at $3.6 million.

Price tag for New York City: $12.3 billion.

If a U.S. burg does take up the offer from EchoStar, it won't be the first time a town changed its name in a stunt promotion. In 1950, Hot Springs, N.M., changed its name to Truth or Consequences after Ralph Edwards, host of a quiz show of that name, promised to do his program from the first town that renamed itself after his show.

6. Bush Has Big Plans for Presidential Library

President Bush is thinking "Texas big" about plans for his presidential library and museum.

"The Hoover Institution is the model," said his chief library scout and former Commerce Secretary Don Evans.

"That's what will differentiate our library."

In the Washington Whispers column in U.S. News & World Report, Paul Bedard writes: "No kidding. Based at Stanford University, Hoover's team includes over 150 big thinkers who have shaped major national policies and still influence Washington."

Founded by ex-President Herbert Hoover, the Hoover Institution is a public policy research center devoted to the advanced study of politics, economics and international affairs.

Evans told Washington Whispers that the "Bush Institute" will take up the president's agenda of advancing compassionate conservatism, fighting terrorism and expanding democracy. Women's issues, a passion of first lady Laura Bush, will also receive major attention.

Seven colleges and the city of Arlington, Texas, are seeking to become the home of the George W. Bush Presidential Library.

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