First of all, I would like to thank everyone for their support from a couple of posts ago. I think I’m going to take the advice of Mustang and try to put something together once a week. Now on to the comments…
Another week has passed, and the oil is still gushing in the Gulf. BP’s chairman takes a ride on a yacht with his son, and gets flamed by the press. Obozo plays a couple of rounds of golf and nothing is said, not even a peep. Both of them have stated that they won’t rest until the crisis is resolved. Doesn’t anyone else smell the stench of hypocrisy? Or perhaps the press is afraid of offending the thin-skinned Obozo?
General McChrystal was relieved of command this past week after a less than complementary article was published in Rolling Stone. While his firing is may or may not have been justified, it does show that the military is less than enamored with Obozo’s military strategies & policies for the Middle East. Perhaps if Obozo spent less time playing golf & attending parties and more time in paying attention to the people that keep America free, he might actually get more support and less criticism.
And that criticism is finally starting to fall over into the media. The Washington Post’s Richard Cohen writes:
Troops are being asked to risk their lives so the Obama administration can go through the motions. It will fight until it no longer feels it has to, and then it will bring the troops home. If American interests were truly at stake, it would wage unrestrained war — kill the enemy and anyone that gets between us and the enemy. But we don’t do it, not because we can’t do – we’re pretty good at killing — but because we know it won’t get us anywhere. …
Why won’t it get us anywhere? It is because our leadership wants to play politics instead of protecting the American people at the cost of our soldiers dying for political power. And I’m including Congress as part of that leadership. Mark Steyn had this to say about Afghanistan:
"The ugly truth," wrote Thomas Friedman in The New York Times, "is that no one in the Obama White House wanted this Afghan surge. The only reason they proceeded was because no one knew how to get out of it."
Well, that’s certainly ugly, but is it the truth? Afghanistan, you’ll recall, was supposed to be the Democrats’ war, the one they allegedly supported, the one the neocons’ Iraq adventure was an unnecessary distraction from. Granted the Dems’ usual shell game – to avoid looking soft on national security, it helps to be in favor of some war other than the one you’re opposing – Candidate Obama was an especially ripe promoter. In one of the livelier moments of his campaign, he chugged down half a bottle of Geopolitical Viagra and claimed he was hot for invading Pakistan.
Then he found himself in the Oval Office, and the dime-store opportunism was no longer helpful. But, as Friedman puts it, "no one knew how to get out of it." The "pragmatist" settled for "nuance": He announced a semisurge plus a date for withdrawal of troops to begin. It’s not "victory," it’s not "defeat," but rather a more sophisticated mélange of these two outmoded absolutes: If you need a word, "quagmire" would seem to cover it.
Hamid Karzai, the Taliban and the Pakistanis, on the one hand, and Britain and the other American allies heading for the check-out, on the other, all seem to have grasped the essentials of the message, even if Friedman and the other media Obammyboppers never quite did. Karzai is now talking to Islamabad about an accommodation that would see the most viscerally anti-American elements of the Taliban back in Kabul as part of a power-sharing regime. At the height of the shrillest shrieking about the Iraqi "quagmire," was there ever any talk of hard-core Saddamite Baathists returning to government in Baghdad?
But the insanity that our leadership is inflicting upon isn’t just with the military – it’s also with us. Just this past week, Congress voted to overhaul the financial system in order to “save” us from another financial meltdown. Never mind that legislation passed by Congress contributed to the crash in the first place, but this comment from Senator Chris Dodd (D-Conn) doesn’t inspire me one little bit:
"It’s a great moment. I’m proud to have been here. No one will know until this is actually in place how it works. But we believe we’ve done something that has been needed for a long time. It took a crisis to bring us to the point where we could actually get this job done."
Senator, respectfully, if you don’t know exactly how something is going to work, DON’T DO IT!!! But then, we have this moron in Wisconsin:
Perhaps she can join Obozo’s administration in helping to redo the map of the United States to include those 7 states that we never knew we had…
The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would steal them away. – Ronald Reagan
Folks, we are in real deep kimchi, and we’re not getting out anytime soon, especially with the self-serving mental midgets that we seem to keep electing year after year. I truly hope and pray that will change this November.