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POST-GAZETTE, OCTOBER 12, 2012 Page 3 POST-GAZETTE Pamela Donnaruma, Publisher and Editor 5 Prince Street, P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 617-227-8929 617-227-8928 FAX 617-227-5307 e-mail: Website: Subscriptions in the United States $30.00 yearly Published weekly by Post-Gazette, 5 Prince St., P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 USPS 1538 - Second-Class Postage paid at Boston, MA POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the POST-GAZETTE P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 James V. Donnaruma Caesar L. Donnaruma Phyllis F. Donnaruma 1896 to 1953 1953 to 1971 1971 to 1990 Vol. 116 - No. 41 Friday, October 12, 2012 OUR POLICY: To help preserve the ideals and sacred traditions Of this our adopted country the United States of America: To revere its laws and inspire others to respect and obey them: To strive unceasingly to quicken the public's sense of civic duty: In all ways to aid in making this country greater and better than we found it. OSIA State President James DiStefano Receives the "Ordine della Stella d'Italia" GUEST EDITORIAL Obama Foreign Policy in Free-fall by Sal Giarratani After the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, John Brennan was all over TV spiking the ball for the take- down of the author of the 9/i i attacks. However, three weeks after the Benghazi attacks that killed four Americans, including out ambassador to Libya, he has gone M.I.A. It would be easy to say our top counter- terror advisor and Obama's terrorism czar has to go, but he is only one government official. It is the Obama policy that must go. Surprisingly, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has admitted the September 11 deadly attack on our embassy was planned in advance and had nothing to do with a stupid movie. Finally, Secre- tary of State Hillary Clinton even had to come to the same conclusion based on the facts uncovered within 24 hours of the attack. However, Brennan appears to have had his mouth duct taped together by his silence. According to a piece in Investor's Business Daily, "Brennan is Obama's point man for prosecuting his ill- adv[sed"surical ' war on al-Qaida, relying on drone strikes to hit selected targets. In 2010, Brennan announced the administration would use a 'scalpel' instead of a 'hammer' to go after terrorists." The Pentagon also said that our troops would be best used to "win the hearts and minds" of the locals. Drones have failed and the killing of Osama was more like a one or two day news story, also failing in the fight against the terrorists out there bent on our de- struction. It appears the U.S. government knew for months previous to this past September 11 that thou- sands of shoulder-fired missiles were falling into the hands of terrorists, but apparently those warnings seemed overlooked. Last year Obama stated, "We can say with growing confidence that we have put al-Qaida on the path to defeat." After the killings in Benghazi, the president also noted that there will be bumps along the road in our American policy goals, but four dead Americans are not mere bumps, they are American citizens murdered by our enemies. Bin Laden maybe dead, as Vice President Joe Biden gloated to delegates at the Democratic convention a week before the deadly attacks, but al-Qaida is very much alive in Libya, the Sinai and all of North Africa. The FBI was sent to Benghazi to "investigate" the crime scene but agents as of October 3 still can't get to the consulate. They have been barred. Any forensic evi- dence is long gone or contaminated. Whatever fresh tracks were, they aren't anymore. The president has to let John Brennan go because the buck stops at the White House. Our counter- terrorism policies need a good re-start. COlU Day Suffolk County Shers Department The Pastorelli's and the DiStefano's (L-R): Lilla Pastorelli, Consul General Giuseppe Pastorelli, Jim's mother Adriana, James and Kathy DiStefano, daughter Kimberley, Maura and Michael DiStefano. Consul General Giuseppe Pastorelli presenting James DiStefano with the "Ordine della Stella d"Italia" Happy Columbus Day a matter of cosmetics * skin care accessories women men 425 Hanover Street North End Boston, MA 02113 617-74 BLUSH 617-742-5874 ptierney @ www.amatterofface.corrk, Happy Columbus Day N E\\;W Nort L 2u:,,,,.,,, t - :, 332 Hanover Street Boston, Massachusetts Telephone (617) 643-8000 James DiStefano has been knighted by the President of Italy with the "Order of the Italian Star" (Ordine della Stella d'Italia) for his outstanding service to the Italian Ameri- can community and to the preservation of the Italian heritage and culture. dames was born in Filetto, Italy and moved to the United States at a very young age. His story is the story of success of many Italian immigrants whose hard work and dedication to family values have contributed to the shape of this great country. During his tenure as State President of the Order of Sons of Italy, DiStefano achieved great success in enhancing the image of Italy in New England and the ties between Italy and the United States. (Photos by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography) Jlappg Columbus at/ from AL NA TALE J and his CLASSIC SWING ORCHESTRA Diane J. Modica Michele M. Modica Attorney Attorney Email: Email: 101 Tremont Street, Suite 700, Boston, MA 02108 .- Tel: 617.292.3329 Fax: 617.292.4855 i ALBERT A. DENAPOLI, ESQ. 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