Germany disinclined to acquiesce to Obama’s Uighur request.
As Track-A-’Crat notes, the administration is at best spinning its difficulties to get anybody else to take the Uighurs. The President is claiming that there have been no hard commitments, which implies that negotiations for giving some over to Germany are still going on: Strictly speaking, that may be true. But according to information obtained by SPIEGEL, Germany has long since blocked the idea of | Read More »
President Obama finally has a chance to show his mettle.
Now that it’s come out that the President’s stance on Gitmo is deeply, deeply unpopular with the American people (via @BrianFaughnan): WASHINGTON — Americans are overwhelmingly opposed to closing the detention center for suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay and moving some of the detainees to prisons on U.S. soil, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds. By more than 2-1, those surveyed say Guantanamo shouldn’t be closed. | Read More »
VP Cheney’s federalist approach to same-sex marriage.
It’s a crying shame that we have a President who isn’t as willing to be progressive on this issue as either Dick Cheney, or myself: Essentially, he favors it, but he wants to let the states decide how to best approach the marriage issue. This is a perfectly acceptable strategy to me, as you all know: I just wish that it was acceptable to the | Read More »
Obama privileged to be in Las Vegas.
So. Back in February the President went to Elkhart, Indiana and made a speech where, as Deceiver.com helpfully reminds us, he included this part: You can’t go take a trip to Las Vegas or go down to the Super Bowl on the taxpayers’ dime. There’s got to be some accountability and some responsibility, and that’s something that I intend to impose as president of the | Read More »
Why are we not selling military equipment to a democratic ally?
It is, after all, not a Republican administration. Administration blocks helicopters for Israel due to civilian casualties in Gaza WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has blocked Israel’s request for advanced U.S.-origin attack helicopters. Government sources said the administration has held up Israel’s request for the AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopter. The sources said the request was undergoing an interagency review to determine whether additional Longbow | Read More »
Quote of the Day, Supreme Court edition.
Via Hot Air Headlines: “Conservatives itching for SCOTUS fight.” Remove the snide tone (which, to be fair, is much less than usual), and this Politico article pretty much sums up the GOP base’s attitude: it’s time to go waltzing Matilda. “The other side does not agonize about whether they are going to give a Republican Supreme Court nominee a difficult time, they just do it.” | Read More »
North Korean nuclear test successful?
Well, they’re claiming that it was, and there’s evidence that it happened in the form of an earthquake,so that’s how everyone is betting. Japan is calling for an emergency UNSC meeting; South Korea, dealing simultaneously with this and the suddenly-more-murky suicide of its former President, is doing the same. The White House hasn’t put up the President’s official statement on this yet, but you can | Read More »
Liz Cheney: no middle ground.
Another good bit from Liz Cheney: Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy Allahpundit is a little surprised that Liz’s popularity with the base has risen so quickly; I’m not. For whatever reason, a full-throat defense of Bush’s decisions on how to fight the GWOT were few and far between during the Bush administration itself, and that grated with Republicans. | Read More »
White House staffers make five-year-olds cry.
(Via Drudge) Who do they have in charge of visitor relations for that place, anyway? …Actually, do they have somebody in place for visitor relations? Sobbing Kindergarteners Snubbed for Steelers? Thursday was supposed to be the highlight of the year for more than 100 kindergarteners from Stafford County, Va. They got up early and took a chartered bus to the White House for a school | Read More »
Senator Hagan suddenly not looking to replace George Holding after all.
You may remember from Sunday about how the Democrats were quietly planning to remove a somewhat… inconvenient… US Attorney from his position before he was through investigating a former North Carolina Democratic governor. Now, via Geraghty, via Kaus, we find out that nothing of the sort is going to happen. Now. U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan said today that the U.S. Attorney in Raleigh, George Holding, | Read More »
Captain Obvious, President Obama, and our unsustainable debt.
Herself of Maenianum Secundum categorizes her response to President Obama’s recent comments about our ‘unsustainable‘ debt load as ‘Captain Obvious‘: Solution: Stop spending and then we won’t need to borrow any more money. You’d think that it would be a Captain Obvious moment, wouldn’t you? Alas, my own (depressing) experience has shown me that there’s a whole list of things that people should know, but | Read More »
More threats to Chrysler by White House surface.
Personally, I can’t wait to hear how anonymous revelations don’t matter when they’re not advantageous to Democrats not involving endangering American troops through the revelation of national security secrets not suitable for use in an election against a Republican …well, I’m sure the Online Left will find a suitably plausible-sounding rationalization, even if it’s only plausible to them; New Allegations Of White House Threats Over | Read More »
Regarding the Entire ‘Happy Cinco de Cuatro’ affair.
Much as I dislike having to disagree with the lovely and talented Mary Katharine Ham on any issue, I have to say that this particular incident is somewhat excusable. After all, Presidents are human beings, with their own special skills, advantages, and disadvantages. They’re not at all interchangeable. On the eve of the Mexican holiday, Obama on Monday had an event in the East Room | Read More »
I guess Obama knows about the Tea Parties *now*.
[UPDATE] “Say what you will about George W. Bush, he had a skin whose thickness wasn’t measured in Planck lengths.” I really wish that I had written that. Because he’s sounding just a little bit self-conscious on the subject: Obama targets tea bags at town hall At his 100th-day town hall meeting in St. Louis Wednesday, President Barack Obama took direct aim at the anti-tax | Read More »
Best Served Cold Watch: Obama abandoning Murtha.
I have to admit that when it comes to avenging slights made against it this administration has both total recall and infinite patience. What’s below (via Instapundit) is probably the most important part of this New York Times article about Jack Murtha’s travails: While past presidents often courted Mr. Murtha with phone calls and private meetings, President Obama has extended to him no such courtesies. | Read More »
’100 DAYS, 100 MISTAKES:’ the New York Post Review. [Now with a mistake that's all the Post's!]
[UPDATE] Hot Air reports that the New York Post put the wrong name on a quote: it was Meghan Clyne who made the comments below, not Governor Sarah Palin. Stick this one in the Too Good To Be True files. (H/T: Hot Air Headlines) It ranges from the petty to the serious – honestly, I don’t think that not getting a shelter dog ranks up | Read More »
And American recognition of the Armenian Genocide gets delayed. Again.
Ben Smith covers the Standard Washingtonian Weasel Statement by President Obama here, the comparable reactions to said SWWS here, and – best of all – Samantha “Monster” Power’s earnest explanation to the Armenian community back in the day about how straight a shooter that Barack Obama is* …here. I do hope that nobody was shocked by any of this; it was pretty obvious how this | Read More »
Of *course* ‘Leaders balk at setting up truth panel.’
‘Truth’ is precisely what the Democrats don’t want right now. Senate Democratic leaders oppose the immediate establishment of a “Truth Commission” to probe harsh interrogation tactics as they face pressure to reveal what they knew of practices the Obama administration has since labeled “torture.” While nearly all Democrats this week backed the creation of a special commission to probe the causes of the financial crisis, | Read More »
Obama caught between rock and a hard place on ‘torture.’
Rep Peter Hoekstra of Michigan would like to remind people in general – and the White House in particular – that the events of the last eight years didn’t actually occur in a vacuum: Congress Knew About the Interrogations Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair got it right last week when he noted how easy it is to condemn the enhanced interrogation program “on a | Read More »
Stopping more Tax Hikes on the poor in Florida.
This ad comes from Grover Norquist’s Americans For Tax Reform, and it’s aimed squarely at the Florida legislature’s attempt to emulate the Obama administration’s recent lower-class tax hike: The argument here is actually very simple: cigarette taxes are in fact taxes, not ‘user fees’ or any other kind of bureaucratic nonsense. People like to pretend otherwise because it’s easier to pass something that’s not called | Read More »