Kicking the can that’s Afghanistan.
Well, it’s official: there will be no withdrawal from Afghanistan prior to the 2012 Presidential election. Not that there will be a withdrawal from Afghanistan after the 2012 election, either – and I invite anyone who wants to argue that point to first remember how the closing of Gitmo went, or more accurately, didn’t – but there are rules to this game, and the first | Read More »
MoveOn.org Memory Holes ‘General Betray Us.’
Weasel Zippers has the details – and, more importantly, the screen shots: essentially, what happened was that MoveOn.org did a little cleanup once General Petraeus stopped being a would-be whipping boy for Senator Obama and started being President Obama’s last, best hope for not mucking up the Afghanistan war. Remember, back when George Bush was President, MoveOn attacked General Petraeus as “General Betray Us.” But | Read More »
The ‘Today’s bar to pass for coolness’ open thread.
Is what you are doing today going to be as cool as this? Hey, don’t feel bad. I don’t have anything as cool as this scheduled for today, either. Open thread. (Via AoSHQ Headlines) Moe Lane Crossposted to Moe Lane.
Rumsfeld sees and raises on Afghanistan.
Walking through this one: Last week former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld reacted strongly to the White House’s allegation that military commanders in Afghanistan were denied troop requests under the previous administration. Actually, that’s too weak a statement: Rumsfeld denied that anything of the sort had happened under his watch. Which, in point of fact, it did not: the administration was referring to events in | Read More »
The more things Hope and Change…
There is a school of thought that says, Do not delight in reminding your extremist ideological opponents that they are being betrayed by their own. The underlying rationale is that doing so help make the people doing the betrayal appear to be ‘moderate,’ even when they’re really not. Given that said extremist ideologues will also still vote for their betrayers in the future, the argument | Read More »
White House hanging on until Blair shows up?
American Elephants hopes that the administration is delaying making a decision on Afghanistan until Tony Blair becomes the first President of the EU. The idea being, it’d give the White House moral reinforcement: Now we all know Tony Blair has his head on straight about both the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and resolutely so. Is Obama then waiting for Blair’s leadership to give him | Read More »
Anyone surprised that the Left lied about supporting Afghanistan…
…(as can be found via here) is someone who has forgotten, or never knew, that the phrase “Not In Our Name” originated as a slogan against the liberation of Afghanistan. in other words: I’ve known for half a decade that the antiwar movement lies when it suits them, so I was hardly surprised when the mask slipped on this one. Contemptuous, but hardly surprised. In | Read More »
While I agree with Tim Blair that karma is… kind of entertaining, sometimes… I think that the most important thing that should be taken away from this video is the frustration and worry in our soldiers’ voices as they try to line up a shot that doesn’t endanger either a kid, or some guy just walking along. By the way: using kids like this is | Read More »
Obama compared to… LBJ?
Ah, the first “Is [INSERT GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION HERE] [INSERT PRESIDENT'S NAME HERE]‘s Vietnam?” article written about a Presidential administration. Always a magical time. Could Afghanistan Become Obama’s Vietnam? WASHINGTON — President Obama had not even taken office before supporters were etching his likeness onto Mount Rushmore as another Abraham Lincoln or the second coming of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Yet what if they got the wrong | Read More »
Obama Promise Expiration Date Watch: Miranda Rights for terrorists. [UPDATE]
[UPDATE]: Shorter Obama administration: “We’re just doing what Bush did!” Which is: a), a direct contradiction of the video below; and b), a direct contradiction of the LA Times article below. Impressive: you would have thought that they’d pick one or the other. Representative Mike Rogers (R-MI) has a serious problem with our new GWOT strategy in Afghanistan. Specifically, the way we plan to read | Read More »
You know, I’m starting to think that the WaPo doesn’t *approve* of Obama’s Iraq policy.
I know, it sounds difficult to believe – but for some strange reason, the Washington Post seems almost… well, skeptical about the whole “run away from our responsibilities to the Iraqi people and attempt to recreate that entire South Vietnam collapse” thing. In fact, I would go so far as to suggest – maybe, just maybe! – that the WaPo might actually think that this | Read More »
Speech about Afghanistan? Sure! Boring scutwork about Afghanistan? Not so much!
Nice enough, if you have the patience to have someone urinate on your leg and call it rain for an extended length of time – I gave up at about the point where Obama started in on how no political progress has been made in Iraq – but a little presumptuous of the junior Senator from Illinois, don’t you think? After all… wait, let me | Read More »