Obama administration caves on indefinite detention.
They’re readying an executive order right now that will confirm that certain detainees – read: the murderous, terrorist scum that we already weren’t releasing – can be continued to be held indefinitely without trial. The fig leaf here is that the new proceedings (unlike those of the wicked, wicked Bush administration!) will be ‘more adversarial’ – which means whatever you want it to mean, of | Read More »
What is the sound of $2.5M flushing?
…this. South Carolina Democratic candidate Rob Miller has apparently adopted Republicans’ “Fire Pelosi” mantra. According to a report by The Associated Press, Miller — who is hoping to oust Rep. Joe Wilson (R) in the South Carolina 2nd district race — said Wednesday that he would not vote to keep Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as Speaker in the 112th Congress. Via, of all things, @markos, | Read More »
Department of Justice: Bagram detainees lack constitutional rights.
Dear hardcore antiwar movement: Please take this opportunity to writhe in impotent agony as your man-god twists the knife in your entrails. Love, The neoconservative movement. PS: We won. You lost. Again. PPS: We’ll be sleeping like babies tonight, by the way. It’s one of the perks of being the good guys. PPPS: Now go back to work! President Obama requires your labor and money | Read More »
“Solicitor general nominee says ‘enemy combatants’ can be held without trial”
Via (hee) Dissenting Justice (hee-hee), via (hee-hee-hee) Instapundit: Solicitor general nominee says ‘enemy combatants’ can be held without trial Reporting from Washington — Harvard Law Dean Elena Kagan, President Obama’s choice to represent his administration before the Supreme Court, told a key Republican senator Tuesday that she believed the government could hold suspected terrorists without trial as war prisoners. She echoed comments by Atty. Gen. | Read More »
CBC preparing to oppose Obama over Gregg?
Glenn Thrush has a statement from CBC Chair Rep. Barbara Lee that certainly sounds like they’re reserving the option: “In this light, Sen. Gregg’s record of previously voting to abolish the Commerce Department and his attempts to block President Bill Clinton’s efforts to secure adequate funding for the 2000 census raise troubling concerns regarding his commitment to the department’s core missions. We may know more | Read More »
Dear Progressives: we beat you on national security issues. Love, the neoconservatives.
Let the pain start now: President Obama’s choice to run the Justice Department has assured senior Republican senators that he won’t prosecute intelligence officers or political appointees who were involved in the Bush administration’s policy of “enhanced interrogations.” Sen. Christopher “Kit” Bond, a Republican from Missouri and the vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said in an interview with The Washington Times | Read More »
The curious incident of the antiwar movement in the night-time.
Whipped ones, in fact, as Environmental Republican demonstrates (via Glenn Reynolds). You see, he went looking for the Usual Antiwar Suspects’ outrage at the drone strikes in Pakistan, and discovered… well, that apparently it wasn’t really worth noting at all, really. His conclusion? So what con we surmise from this little investigation? How about the left-wing of this country is populated with hypocritical ideologues who | Read More »
“…but George Bush of Crawford Ranch rides *home* from the Crusade.”
Hi. I’m going to spoil your appreciation of the day now. Oh, not all of you. The people who are ordinary, decent Democrats – or just happy that we’re going to finally have as President somebody who isn’t an old white guy – go ahead and have a good time at the Inauguration. I plan to eat wings and watch it on TV, myself, but | Read More »
Obama *still* not interfering with Israel.
People like Simon Tisdall of the Guardian, who probably speaks for all those Leftists out there who contributed time and money in the hope that America’s Israel policy would change. I want to point out a specific sentence: The Al-Jazeera satellite television station recently broadcast footage of Obama on holiday in Hawaii, wearing shorts and playing golf, juxtaposed with scenes of bloodshed and mayhem in | Read More »
And here I thought that “The Great Netroot Betrayal” was merely a tagline.
Apparently not: they have chosen to betray themselves. Or at least their front-line troops have. Via Glenn Reynolds: Last week, the group’s members chose their top four priorities for the organization, winnowed down from a top-10 list culled from 50,000 suggestions. The decisions they weighed would determine in large part whether the group would become a friend or foe of the Obama administration, a player | Read More »
“Campaign Promises on Ending the War in Iraq Now Muted by Reality “
Hey, don’t scowl at me: scowl at the New York Times. It’s their headline: WASHINGTON – On the campaign trail, Senator Barack Obama offered a pledge that electrified and motivated his liberal base, vowing to “end the war” in Iraq. But as he moves closer to the White House, President-elect Obama is making clearer than ever that tens of thousands of American troops will be | Read More »
A *very* quick look at the Keeping Hope On Life Support crowd.
I’m sort of sneaking this one in. Anyway, while you’re waiting for the turkey to finish basting check out this Politico article about the Great Netroot Betrayal over Iraq. The title says it all: “Doves keep the faith as Obama team tilts right”. This should be a fun few months, no? Lots of good River-in-Egypt moments, but this was especially good: Still, President Obama sounds | Read More »
For all your “He’s not really all that into you, antiwar progressives” needs.
Most of you will have to listen to the usual bores who have been babbling about how Iraq has been some sort of secular Armageddon. Anyway, gird your loins beforehand with this round-up from Jules Crittenden (via Glenn Reynolds) – and, free advice? A simple head-cocking and quizzical “So if you guys won, then why are you trying to spin away the next President’s Cabinet | Read More »
Umm, yeah, about getting rid of that evil, evil Bush tax cut…
They’re now saying that it’s going to be delayed a tad. Via AoSHQ. And how much is a tad?
Quote of the Day: Tasty, tasty Schradenfreude Pie edition.
“There’s so much Obama hero worship, we’re having to walk this line where we can’t directly criticize him,” he said. Kevin Martin, executive director of the group Peace Action, and not a happy camper. See also Instapundit, and Jammie Wearing Fool, who links to an even funnier article.