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The Afghanistan Speech! by The Elephant's Child


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The Fabulous Michael Ramirez strikes again.  He is the master of the visual metaphor, and continually marvelous.



Obama’s Political Pullout in Afghanistan. by The Elephant's Child

Deeply unimpressive  speech.  The magic is gone.  This is a political drawdown in Afghanistan, that is not about foreign policy or our military, but about trying to win back his anti-war base.  He shows no more understanding of geopolitics than he did as a candidate.

So now we’re going to “join initiatives that reconcile the Afghan people, including the Taliban.” And how is that to be accomplished?  He lectures the Afghan government telling them what they must do.  And he tells the ‘Pockistahn’ government what they must do as well.  Obama is given to meaningless platitudes, and pretty words no longer suffice:

We must chart a more centered course.  Like generations before, we must embrace America’s singular role in the course of human events.  But we must be as pragmatic as we are passionate; as strategic as we are resolute.  When threatened, we must respond with force –- but when that force can be targeted, we need not deploy large armies overseas.  When innocents are being slaughtered and global security endangered, we don’t have to choose between standing idly by or acting on our own.

In all that we do, we must remember that what sets America apart is not solely our power -– it is the principles upon which our union was founded.  We’re a nation that brings our enemies to justice while adhering to the rule of law, and respecting the rights of all our citizens.  We protect our own freedom and prosperity by extending it to others.

I’m sorry, but that is not clear thought, but garbled nonsense. It is unfortunate that he is not listening to his generals, but apparently to Samantha Power who thinks that America must only get involved when genocide is threatened.  So we’re getting out of Afghanistan and spending $100 million a day in Libya, where our national interest is?

The worst line?

America, it is time to focus on nation building here at home.

Liberal reporter Thomas Friedman has been sticking that line in every column for weeks.  We’ve already had too much governmental attempts at nation building, and it certainly doesn’t work here.  Our problem is lots of government interference in the economy by people who don’t know what they’re doing.



Hating and Bribing and Payback and Bailouts: No Way to Run a Country! by The Elephant's Child

I cannot remember any time when the divide between Republicans and Democrats was so wide and so deep.  The ways of thought in each camp are totally different. Republicans are deeply concerned with the economy and ideas about how to relieve unemployment, revive the economy and stop the overspending.

Democrats don’t seem to believe that there is a budgetary problem. The numbers are pretty obvious, but they’re not very good at math. They refuse to produce the budget that the law requires for the current fiscal year. There is no spending problem, they say, and President Obama still demands increased spending— which he now calls “investment.” What we need is more “investment” to create “green jobs” which will put people back to work.  We just need to tax the rich a little more to make up for the Bush tax cuts which all went to the rich.  It’s a nice myth, but the rich just don’t have enough money.

While Republicans are concerned with ideas, liberalism  is increasingly about “how do we beat the Republicans.” They are defined more by what they are against than what they are for. They hate Republicans and whatever they stand for.  They hate Republicans so much that they refuse to read, listen to, or watch anything tainted by Republicanism. News sources like the Wall Street Journal are omitted, even though it’s only the opinion pages that have a conservative leaning, and include op-eds from noted Democrats regularly.

They hate Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Glen Beck passionately, so they never listen and have no idea what these talk show hosts have to say. They hate Republican candidates— some prominent lefty publication called Michelle Bachman “bats—crazy” this morning., though they clearly know nothing specific enough about her to object to. They hate Republican think tanks, and believe firmly that anything their scholars come up with is a lie. If you talk to and listen to only people who think just like you do, it gets a little incestuous after a while.

A  poll of progressive voters a decade ago found that racism was the country’s single most important problem, followed by diversity, and economics.  Interestingly enough, they define economics as corporate power, which must be curbed. The influence of corporations in society should be restrained with more regulations, more rules, and capitalism should be focused less on profit and more on the public interest. They’ve acted on the first part of that.

What is the matter with these people?  Do they simply not understand that we are broke? Keynesian economics has been proven, once again, to be a complete failure. This has never been the worst economy since the Great Depression, as Mr. Obama is so fond of claiming.  It didn’t have to be as bad as it is.

The current state of the economy is due directly to Democrats’ overspending.  Obama took the debt left to him by the Bush administration and promptly tripled it, whining all the time that it wasn’t his fault — it was Bush’s fault.   There has probably never been a president who took such great care to make the transition as easy as possible for his successor as George W. Bush.

Democrats’ strategy for winning is to divide  the electorate into interest groups. They promise things to each interest group, and in return receive campaign donations and votes.  But then they have to deliver.  Delivering on promises is often not as easy as it was expected to be.

The Unions have been demanding, and the NLRB attempt to keep Boeing from opening an aircraft plant in South Carolina is the greatest attack on private enterprise in living memory. Clearly unconstitutional, but the unions gave a lot of money to the Democrats.  What are the proper immigration rules for a country in recession with high unemployment? Whatever La Raza wants them to be.  Obama needs Hispanic votes in his reelection campaign.

The anti-war Democrats are up in arms and threatening to withdraw support.  So we have a speech to the Nation today to say that Obama is drawing down our troops in Afghanistan. The Generals are livid, there is real progress in Afghanistan though it is still fragile, but reelection trumps victory every time.




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