Neoneocon; Hitler's Germany & US

Neoneocon rouses me from my couch that I may link to her fascinating post, one that seems relevant to our day. She offers a quote from a book (written by an American "man of the left") recounting the attitudes of his interviewees regarding a certain moment in the history of Germany:National Socialism was a repulsion of my friends against parliamentary politics, parliamentary debate, parliamentary government—against all the higgling and the haggling of the parties and the splinter parties, t … [Read more...]

The No Jihadi Litigator's War

Yesterday, Ed Morrissey looked at this piece by Peter Beinart:Peter Beinart makes an interesting, if somewhat contradictory, argument at the Daily Beast regarding Dick Cheney’s argument that the Obama administration doesn’t really think it’s fighting a war against terrorists. On one hand, Beinart argues that the Obama administration successfully rebuked Cheney through its reference to its own rhetoric, in which they used the term “war” as recently as the inauguration almost a year ago. Beinar … [Read more...]

Obama and Doing vs Being – UPDATED

Neo-neocon is wondering what has happened to Obama's vaunted fluency?Obama was always a fluid if vapid speechmaker, although his off-the-cuff statements featured a lot of hemming and hawing. But I’ve noticed something that seems new: hesitancy even when he speaks from a prepared text.Obama now seems to go off-teleprompter more often—perhaps because he’s been critiqued so much for its use—and when reading from notes on a lectern he stops and starts, as well as using a tennis-match-like repetit … [Read more...]

Obama Executive Order & Interpol – UPDATED

I'm thinking that when Steve Schippert began his blog, which he calls Threats Watch, he never thought he would be tracking a threat from his own Executive Branch and Congress.Does that sound a bit out there? Yes, I worry that it does. But this Executive Order, which Obama quietly signed while the world was distracted by Tiger Woods and weather, sounds pretty out there, too:December 17, 2009, The White House released an Executive Order "Amending Executive Order 12425." It grants INTERPOL … [Read more...]

Wrapping our heads around the world at Christmas

So, Bookworm is sounding bummed out as she is quoting Mark Steyn:The liberal wing of the party—the Barney Franks, the David Obeys—are focused beyond November 2010, to the long-term political prize. They want a health-care program that inevitably leads to a value-added tax and a permanent welfare state. Big government then becomes fact, and another Ronald Reagan becomes impossible. See Continental Europe.Optimism is still a virtue, and I am forever battling my inner cynic, but I've said fre … [Read more...]

SecState in a Headband?

So, the Obama administration's "smart diplomacy" on Iran is not working. And this is very troubling, indeed. Iran is test-firing increasingly advanced missiles at a time when, as Ed Morrissey notes, the B+ President Obama has awarded himself includes having both "made progress toward halting" nuclear weapons in North Korea and um...cancelling our installation of missile shields in Eastern Europe.Read all of Ed's piece, and then consider for a second how difficult it is to be president, … [Read more...]

The Job Summit Theatricale

Oh, my goodness.President "Duality" Obama wanted his pointless but flashy "jobs summit" to be grounded in reality, not "at 30,000 feet." He wanted to hear "details" and "real solutions," but cautioned that nothing much would be changed by the "summit." He said the private sector was the only way we'd get out of this mess, but that the uninvited private sector is the problem, because small businesses are greedily looking after their own survival, rather than hiring more people that they'll … [Read more...]

Obama's West Point Speech

AP Photo, before the speechThe president is doing the right thing, and he deserves props for it. Good on you, Mr. President, for listening to your generals.In his speech last night, though, he seemed like a man very unhappy to be doing the right thing, and rather testy about it. There was a defensiveness, and others have noticed, as I did, the scolding tone. As Althouse says, "he seemed annoyed at us."Yes, that's what I got too. The speech didn't soar, fly or inspire; it actually kind … [Read more...]

Obama & Private Sector are Strangers

Via Instapundit (again), this is a pretty remarkable chart.Nick Schulz looks at difference between Obama's cabinet and all other presidents beginning with Teddy, with a background in the private sector. He writes:When one considers that public sector employment has ranged since the 1950s at between 15% and 19% of the population, the makeup of the current cabinet — over 90% of its prior experience was in the public sector — is remarkable.To which one can only add: how can you respect or r … [Read more...]

Tactical Surrender Afghanistan? NO!

:::POST UPDATE, 11/24/09::: Steve Schippert posts that the US Embassy in Kabul denies this story. Like Steve, I'll take them at their word. We'll see soon enough. -admin:::END UPDATE:::I am not sure what to make of this, but my first gut-instinct is, "oh, please, don't appease."Steve Schippert over at Threats Watch keeps an eye on all those places I refer to as "guy sites" (well, they never have recipes) and he writes:It comes to our attention that the MEMRI Blog highlights an article … [Read more...]


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