Obama Heals The World Via DVDs!
We were told over and over again during the campaign that the presidency of Barack Obama would restore our standing in the world. I’m not sure of the definition of “restore” but I am finding it a little different than what I would have imagined. Consider the following: 1. DVD-Gate: Apparently the appropriate gift to a visiting head of state from one of our closest | Read More »
See No Evil: The Obama Foreign Policy
One of the major concerns conservatives have had with candidate Obama has been his seriously warped view of world politics and foreign policy. Candidate Obama did everything in his power to get into the good graces of the left wing fringe of the party to unseat her royal highness and heir apparent Hillary Clinton, the powerful front runner and New York native (wink wink.) While | Read More »
Advice for the President: how to handle the antiwar Democrats.
I read with some interest this article which describes a supposed Blue-on-Blue fight looming over the upcoming reduction of troops: Congressional Democrats’ misgivings about President Barack Obama’s plan to reduce troop levels in Iraq has set the stage for potentially major conflicts between Capitol Hill and the White House in the months ahead. Obama’s announcement Friday that he will leave between 35,000 and 50,000 troops | Read More »
Quote Of The Day
You wonder if Maureen Dowd reads her own paper when she writes things like this: “Mr. Obama called W. on Friday to give him a heads-up about the repudiation on Iraq. Robert Gibbs said the call was not at all contentious.” Should someone tell her it wasn’t contentious because it marked the fulfillment not the repudiation of Bush’s Iraq policy? (Hence, the decision to leave | Read More »
Christian Brose’s Analysis Of Barack Obama’s Speech On Iraq
“Bush probably would have given a very similar speech.” Do read the whole thing, of course, but that line was worth highlighting. As is the following: At the risk of heading into la-la land, I think Obama should have tipped his hat ever so slightly today to President Bush, Sen. McCain, and other Republicans who had supported the surge strategy, naming them and thanking them. | Read More »
Christian Brose: Obama should have thanked Bush for the surge.
(Via Hot Air Headlines) This is in the context of mentioning President Obama’s recent military speech, and in the context of discussing the fairly obvious – to people with functioning neural tissue, at least – points that the President is coasting on Bush’s successful surge strategy; and that our failure to actually have an ambassador to Iraq at the moment is, put simply, dumb. With | Read More »
‘Mission accomplished’ redux – Obama declares ‘our combat mission in Iraq will end’
Today, President Obama visited Camp Lejeune, N.C., to declare his scheduled end to the war in Iraq on August 31, 2010: Even though 50,000 troops will remain in Iraq, Obama claims “mission accomplished.” I know, I know; Obama didn’t actually say “mission accomplished.” But then neither did President Bush, when he declared “major combat operations in Iraq have ended” in front of that banner requested | Read More »
Today’s Headlines — Feb. 27, 2009
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/feb/27/obama-conclude-iraq-mission-2010/ Obama to conclude Iraq mission by 2010 — http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/feb/27/americas-3-trillion-iou/ Obama proposes sweeping, $3.6 trillion budget — http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/feb/27/charity-tax-challenged-by-political-friends/ Charity tax limits upset many — http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/feb/27/obamas-intelligence-pick-linked-to-saudi-arabia/ Obama’s intelligence pick linked to Saudi Arabia — http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/feb/27/banned-firms-given-millions-despite-fraud/ Banned firms given millions despite fraud Loopholes used to gain contracts — http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/feb/27/redskins-sign-haynesworth/ Redskins sign Haynesworth — http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/feb/27/the-final-countdown-for-bowden/ Nats sources say GM’s job in jeopardy — http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/feb/27/a-winning-hand-with-conservatives/ Poker industry woos CPAC | Read More »
How Iraq was Won
Give ya a hint, it wasn’t all flag officers and politicians Every day, NCOs in Humvees, junior officers from Captain on down were dealing with the local police and Iraqi army units one on one. The Staff Sergeants, Gunnys, and corpsmen went face to face with local people and called them out. They coached, encouraged, and shamed when necessary. They went into dangerous areas not | Read More »
Lazy Iraqi Police get motivational speech from U.S. Army
I’m not sure who this Army officer is but he needs to get promoted. Better yet make him our Secretary of State and send him to talk to Kim Il Jong, Alhmadinejad and the rest of them. **Content warning** Language used is that of a military commander in a combat zone. If your favorite TV show is The View then this video represents real life | Read More »
Love Is In The Air . . .
In Iraq: Romance is in the air in Baghdad as war-weary Iraqis celebrate Valentine’s Day after a sharp drop in violence, allowing lovers to cautiously hold hands in parks and to buy gifts for their sweethearts. Public courtship and more daring clothing for women are increasing after years of growing intolerance, perhaps signaling the Islamic dogma and conservatism that accompanied Iraq’s slide into sectarian slaughter | Read More »
I’m surprised that this hasn’t seen more play.
After all, we have a Democrat as President: it’s acceptable to pretend to be for freedom and democracy again. (Via Holger Awakens, via Tennesseefree.com) Three things: 1). What do we know about this guy? Or when it was made? 2). If we had listened to Obama in 2006, this guy would probably be dead right now. 3). Not In Your Name, antiwar movement. Not then. | Read More »
Iraqi forces kill senior Mahdi Army operative
www.thepoliticalclass.com Iraqi forces kill senior Mahdi Army operative – The Long War Journal Bill Roggio over at The Long War Journal reports that the Iraq police killed one of the bad guys. Well done to them. Story here. Iraqi police killed a senior member of the Mahdi Army during a raid in Diwaniyah province, sparking a protest from the Sadrist movement. Twenty other ” Sadr | Read More »
In Praise Of Raymond Odierno
This is a good inside look at the efforts that were made to bring about the surge of troops and the counterinsurgency effort that helped establish the relative peace that now reigns in Iraq–and has reigned for a while now. We have yet to hear, of course, from President Obama and Vice President Biden, who both decried and denounced the surge during their respective Presidential | Read More »
Awesomely Awesome: US Soldier Calls Out Mahdi Sympathizers in Iraqi Police
Over at Ace of Spades there is a video of a US Soldier threatening “to [personally] kick Mahdi army’s asses personally. He uses the Paul Anka style of leadership to awesome effect.” Hey, if the Presidential Chief-of-Staff can throw the F-Bomb and is joked about “Every week the guy takes a little time away to give back to the community. Just last week he was | Read More »