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September 17, 2008

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clarice

Hey --his plan to invade Pakistan was crystal clear..Why suggest he only sends out garbled foreign policy messages?

Jane

I'm still mad.

Charlie (Colorado)

You know, he and his surrogates had a long run of slips where they referred to Obama as the current president instead of running for president. You suppose he just believed them?

Gabriel Sutherland

Tom: No mention of that laughable "Iraq scholar" quote that Roth uses to close his muckity mother muckrastic muckraking?

PeterUK

Barrack Hussein Obama is a foreign leader.

clarice

Chaco, I believe Kerry had reality issues and Brocko does, too. Your comment has a substantial bit of truth to it.

Roll Em

Move America Forward Ad on Obama interfering with Iraq:

Disgrace! Obama discourages troop negotiations for personal political gain

bad

Barry under the bus!!! Barry under the bus!!! Barry Under the bus!!!

JB

What you don't understand is that Obama is a brilliant, nuanced communicator. Why, the fact that foreign leaders don't understand him only demonstrates this.

You can't see it because you listen to the wrong kind of talk radio. That's OK, Barack will fix this when he's elected.

Pofarmer

Impeach OBAMA!!!

kim

I suspect the Iraqis would prefer not to enter into an agreement that is only good for the duration of the administration with which it was made. Obama's request is anarchic.
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Jane

Over at the Campaign Spot a reader points out:

A reader notes, it's rather disingenuous for Obama to complain that America is spending $10 billion a month in Iraq and then turn around and tell the Iraqi government to delay final negotiations on the Status of Force Agreement and the Strategic Framework Agreement with the U.S. government until January.

The time between Obama's meeting with Iraqi Foreign Minister on July 22 of this year and when the next president takes office on January 20 of next year is six months. Using Obama's own numbers, holding off the way he wishes will cost the United States an extra $60 billion.

Semanticleo

As you folks know, (and exploited admirably in the most Republican fashion) the public has little tolerance for complex dioramas, like the outing of a CIA agent(Plame). The length of this post illustrates the layers of BS which must be sifted and sorted.

But if he is guilty as charged, hang him from the highest yardarm, right next to Rove, Cheney and Bush.

BiPartisan Agreement.

bad

seman

You forgot Halliburton.

Appalled

Barack urged Iraqi leaders to do something privately something he had been urging them to do publicly? Do I understand this to be correct? If so, explain the nature of the big revelation. Why is this a problem, rather than a mere diplomatic foot fault?

(Note -- I am aware the Obama denial is pathetic. I wonder if the man realizes how big a mistake his Summer Hubris Tour was?)

Neo
While I am encouraged by the senator's evolution, I must also appeal to him to issue a "cease and desist" plea to the battalions of his sympathizers - who have been threatening me with death and worse in the days since my article appeared.
bad

...who have been threatening me with death and worse in the days since my article appeared.

They'd have to put down the doobies and climb the stairs out of mom's basement to follow through on those threats.

Buford Gooch

Appalled:

Anyone, a Presidential candidate, you, me, can call for something publicly. It becomes a problem when any of us try to negotiate directly with a foreign power, particularly in a war zone.

M. Simon

Demthuglies.

Selling on eBay

Just a quick question for you Republicans: if Sarah Palin was a Democrat, would her lies be okay with you?

matt

there's a simple reason the Iraqi's want an agreement now. They don't trust the democrats. They want to make sure a committment is in place, and they are not shy about playing a few games with the American political dynamic either.

They want the best deal they can get, and they know it will be helicopters flying from the roof of the American Embassy if Obama is elected.

The Plame case is a joke, and everyone knows it. She was setting her hubby up with a sweetheart deal, and they were both very active democrats. It was Joe Wilson who came back with the malarkey about yellowcake for Saddam. It was Armitage who let the cat out of the bag "accidentally", and ever since the dems have been on a bogus warpath. The emperor has no clothes.

Neo

Other war news ..

Who started the war, and when, has become the subject of heated debate here and in Moscow. Both Russia and Georgia have struggled to portray themselves as acting in self-defense or, in Russia's case, in defense of its smaller neighbor.

The timing of the Russians' entry into the tunnel is significant because it could clarify whether the troop movement was an act of aggression or a reaction.

Georgian officials said that one intercepted call on Aug. 6, released to The Washington Post on Tuesday, was a conversation between Ossetian militia members discussing an Ossetian soldier who had been accidentally wounded by a Russian who came in with a column of Russian troops. "From these Russians, from the Russian army, someone unintentionally fired, and this boy was wounded," an Ossetian is heard saying on the call, which was played on a Georgian commercial network.

MikeH

Semanticleo - "outing of a CIA agent(Plame)"

Now there's a winning argument for a Tom Maguire JOM comments section.

matt

so selling;

what lies are you referring to?

M. Simon

A story about ∅'s secret negotiations and Demthuglies with videos.

And thanks to the JOM crew for hints and links as usual. It would be hard to do it without you.

MAJ (P) John

Thank Goodness I'll be redeploying around Election time. I'm not sure I want to be here much after that. Depending on results, actually...

Good thing the ISF have been getting up to speed.

M. Simon

girleo,

You can watch a 30 second video that explains it all to the American people.

It may be complicated for you. But that is why we have Republicans. To make the story so simple that even Democrats can understand it.

Glad to help.

DebinNC

Now that Hillary has politicized and withdrawn from the anti-Iran nutjob rally, the sponsors might "disinvite" Palin. How will the Dems be able to blame McCain, as they surely will?

bad

TCO

I appreciate your input. The discussion is educational as always. Imagine healthcare caught up in this kind of mess. Obama would take us there in a heartbeat. Please don't sacrifice the better choice at the alter of the perfect. Perfect just ain't gonna happen.

clarice

Deb, I just read that efter Hill pulled out, mcCain will be joining Palin in front of the UN.

Captain Hate

I wonder if the man realizes how big a mistake his Summer Hubris Tour was?

That would require a level of humility over and above what he claims to have. It might be the discussion point for a third memoir.

JB

"I wonder if the man realizes how big a mistake his Summer Hubris Tour was?"

That kind of analysis is above his paygrade.

bad

LOL

djg

Now we have descended to outright high treason in wartime. Why is he not under arrest?

bio mom

How can anybody prefer a lightweight, phoney affirmative action candidate like Obama to handle a major economic financial crisis over a seasoned veteran like McCain?? I will never understand the muddle. It appears Obama was up +7 last night in gallup RV surveys. This guy is really just a kid. What is wrong with people?

DebinNC

Deb, I just read that efter Hill pulled out, mcCain will be joining Palin in front of the UN

Ooo, that's outstanding.

DebinNC

This guy is really just a kid. What is wrong with people?

I don't know, because most Southernors aren't buying what he's selling. There's not a lot of comfort just sitting helplessly on the sidelines praying that enough people in PA, OH, CO, or MI do the right thing.

Daddy

Was reading a little Ben Franklin last evening. As a Boston Newspaper apprentice in 1722, (age 16), he had these following comments of his printed in the paper concerning Harvard Graduates. From Silence Dogood, May 14 , 1722:

"They learn little more than how to carry themselves handsomely, and enter a room genteelly (which might as well be acquired at a dancing school), and from thence they return, after abundance of trouble and charge, as great blockheads as ever, only more proud and self-conceited."

clarice

Don't know if it's true. I expect the organization cannot disinvite her. In fact, I emailed and told them that would be a stupid move. I expect if they pressure her out, She and McCain will have their own protest against Iran which will get them even more coverage.

clarice

Heh, Daddy, well, maybe that's why Ben started the more practically oriented Univ of Pennsylvania.

Thomas Jackson

Can we afford a president who confuses everyone he speaks with? Can we afford someone who msut spend weeks explaining what he really meant?

matt

has Barack taken his gloves off yet today?

JM Hanes

Even before Taheri leveled his accusations, I considered Obama's tete a tete with Maliki a disgraceful, potentially dangerous, breach of U.S. international protocols, and said so at the time. It was stunning to see Obama insert himself between his own president and the Iraqi head of state at a critical juncture in fraught negotiations over ending a war Obama's own countrymen were fighting. This was unconscionable in and of itself, notwithstanding questions of intent. The whole exercise gave the concept of “meeting without preconditions” -- or forethought or foresight -- alarming new meaning.

Obama gave Maliki added heft not only in wartime maneuvers against a sitting U.S president, but in Maliki’s upcoming Iraqi elections as well, to unknown inadvertant effect on the balance of powers within Iraq itself. Obama then very publicly used Maliki’s purported blessing, quite possibly misstating it, to shore up his political position here at home — thus trapping Maliki into a harder negotiating stance than he might otherwise have taken. How could Maliki substantially modify his position without losing face nationally, regionally and internationally? How could he substantially contradict Obama’s representations, without risking the ire of the expected future President? Zebari himself is not a disinterested bystander here himself. He already had a sharp disagreement with Obama over the content of an early phone conversation, and he may conceivably just be reading a different set of election tea leaves.

The idea that a potential President (especially with the election which he was favored to win in the immediate offing) can go on a listening tour or have a simple conversation with any head of state is astonishingly obtuse. There is simply no possibility that Maliki would treat any recommendation about delaying any resolution of any facet of the war as a simple suggestion, not a warning. Could there be a clearer demonstration of dangerous naivete, as well as what someone on Obama’s own side of the blogosphere dubbed “accidental foreign policy”?

I can't say it often enough: Obama is a walking diplomatic disaster zone. The SOFA/SFA particulars of where he tried to exert his influence are an irrelevant strawman. Undercutting the American chief executive and his foreign policy surrogates, even as a private citizen, is sin enough. If Obama bothered to allow his home government the courtesy of a debriefing, I certainly didn’t hear about it. Though prosecution under the Logan Act is a virtual impossibility, compounding his original myopia with an explicit attempt to meddle with U.S. foreign policy stratagems and ongoing diplomatic missions at the highest level, without any legitimate standing whatsoever, is clearly a Logan Act violation.

JM Hanes

Charlie:

"You suppose he just believed them?"

Do we suppose any of the international leaders on his itinerary didn't?

bad

If Obama bothered to allow his home government...

Good question. Who is his home government?

centralcal

JMH: "Could there be a clearer demonstration of dangerous naivete..."

An additional question - where are all of Obama's big shot foreign policy advisors? Don't they share in some of this dangerous naivete?

centralcal

O/T completely . . .

Tonite is the first segment of the Hannity/Palin interview and on the rival CNN in the same timeslot, Larry King will be interviewing McCain/Palin. Looks like everyone knows where the ratings are!!!

Fox has a short clip of the Sarah and Sean segment. She looks and sounds great.

Sara (Pal2Pal)

Figures... Top Attack Dog In Palin Troopergate Smear Campaign Is Phony Soldier

M. Simon

McCain on Hannity radio. Coming up.

J Verner

Oh, and I'm sure you've all read that some vicious little Obamoid geek has hacked into Sarah Palin's private yahoo email account and posted the contents. You can find them at both Gawker and Huffington Post.

And I never ever ever ever want to hear another Liberal Democrat utter the word WATERGATE again for as long as I live. Nor do I ever want to hear the words Warrentless Wiretap, or Right to Privacy.

Cassandra

Shame... SHAME ON YOU PEOPLE!!!

If any of you had been president of the Harvard law review... much less seen hard time in the trenches as a community organizer, you might begin to grok the finely nuanced brilliance of Barack Obama's Weltanschung.

Like a grand master he is playing chess on the dartboard of history.

But all you can bitter gun-clingers can do is drool over your Alaskan moosemistress. Sadly, the lessons of this whole sad episode are tragically clear: all sane people know the only factor which explains the stubborn refusal of every American voter to inexplicably throw their vote behind Barack Obama is 400 years of entrenched RACISM.

DebinNC

From Sara's link:

Hollis "Gunny" French (D)-- is guilty of misrepresenting that he served in the Marine Corps - when in fact his ONLY exposure to the Marine Corp was attending a Marine ROTC PLC - from which he was DISMISSED and granted a "Discharge" as a Private.
--He NEVER attended, much less graduate from either of the USMC Boot Camps.
--He FAILED to pass the ROTC Platoon Leader Course - thus failing to make the grade to become a Marine Officer.

LOL

Sara (Pal2Pal)

The McCain campaign has responded to the hacking of Palin's emails with:

“This is a shocking invasion of the Governor’s privacy and a violation of law. The matter has been turned over to the appropriate authorities and we hope that anyone in possession of these emails will destroy them. We will have no further comment.”
J Verner

And from what I can gather Sara, there was NOTHING THERE! The human garbage at Gawker was making fun on an email from a friend that said she was praying for Sarah.

They are trying to charge her with using the account for gov. business, when there is no evidence that she did at all.

All they got were pics of her kids.

I simply can not write the words I want to to describe Arianna Huffington. I'd have to use the C word. And I hate the C word.

JM Hanes

Just imagine what Huffington's email must look like!

Sara (Pal2Pal)

J.Verner: They are scum of the lowest order. I wish Sarah would make a statement something along the lines of: my daughter isn't interested in your $25,000 to abort, my son isn't interested in your sexual offers, I will not let your offensiveness dissuade me from running for VP, in fact, they make me more determined than ever to help John McCain get America back to some form of integrity and sanity.

Sara (Pal2Pal)

And end the statement with: this election is about whether you want adults or foul-mouthed children in the White House.

centralcal

Arianna Huffington will get hers someday. She is a despicable human being.

centralcal

Why is the DOJ investigating this? Shouldn't it be the Secret Service?

clarice

Smooches, Cassandra, you wicked doll!

Rocco

The Washington Post suggests Obama may have been selected editor for the Harvard Law Review based on race.

But he was also among the most driven in his class. In his first year, he entered the competition for the law review, one of the country's premier scholarly law journals and, for the students who select, edit and write articles, a ticket to a high-powered legal or academic career. To become an editor of the law review was grueling: If you were impossibly smart, you might qualify through grades, but most editors were selected through an exhausting multi-day writing process, their output judged by the current editors. There was also a highly secretive process by which a few students were chosen based at least in part on race. Obama, says one classmate, was never suspected of making law review because of his race.

And we know Harvard University is an affirmative action university that practices grade inflation according to Harvard Professor Harvey C Mansfield and The Harvard Crimson

Mansfield attributes the rise in Harvard’s grades to a fall in expectations, brought on by the influx of less academically qualified black students in the 1970s. His argument is that white professors, afraid that they would be seen as racist, gave black students high grades they didn’t deserve.

And if Obama was selected for the Law Review based on race, it's plausible he was elected president also based on race.

One of the greatest men that ever lived once said, "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." So I ask you, can you prove to me that Obama's accomplishments at Harvard were based on the content of his character? Because I think Harvard University judged him by the color of his skin. And that's not what Dr. King had in mind!

Perhaps Harvey C. Mansfield could shed some light on Obama's time at Harvard?

Charlie (Colorado)

I'd have to use the C word. And I hate the C word.

Contemptible?

Sara (Pal2Pal)

District Court Decision on McCain's Being a Natural-Born Citizen:

J Verner

Charlie, change the O to a U, and drop the emptible.

But even that doesn't touch it.

J Verner

Don't know if this means anything, but I tried to access wilileaks, and the site was down for me.

SS? JD? FBI? Pro Palin hackers? or just a site crash.


I think I'm going to do the one thing that will hurt these em contemptibles the very most.

I'm going to John McCain.com and giving the campaign more money.

centralcal

Lynn Forester de Rothschild is a class act. She even says to Wolf Blitzer - you're the "elite," not me!

If you haven't see the video, it's a must!

LUN

Wonder how many Dems might be feeling the same as her?

Sara (Pal2Pal)

When the clip of Lynn Forester de Rothschild was played on TV, I had just gone around the corner into the kitchen. I could hear the clip, but not see the TV. I nearly dropped the milk carton and a carton of eggs I had in my hands when I heard her speak. Her tone, cadence, precise diction and annunciation sounded exactly like my deceased Mother. So much so, that later, I found the clip online and played it for my son, without letting him see the screen and he said, "That's Grandma, where'd you get that?" [Twilight time at our house today.]

bad

Sara, what an extraordinary experience that must have been. I trust it wasn't painful since you shared the opportunity to hear her again with your son. I would still be cleaning up the mess from the shock.

centralcal

From de Rothschild's press conference today:

"I believe that Barack Obama, with MoveOn.org and Nancy Pelosi and Howard Dean, has taken the Democratic Party — and they will continue to — too far to the left," Lynn Forester de Rothschild said. "I'm not comfortable there."

This is more than a Hilary supporter playing strategic games. This woman is serious and she moves in serious circles. I hope there are an awful lot of her friends that feel the same way she does. I rather suspect there are. Not all Democrats are lefty loons, like the Kos crowd.

Sara (Pal2Pal)

I rather suspect there are. Not all Democrats are lefty loons, like the Kos crowd.

Class vs. Trash

Works for me.

Sara (Pal2Pal)

A very interesting interactive chart on Lynn Forester de Rothchild. She is connected and I dare say, powerful. Real power, not politician power.

Check it out

SWarren

Rocco
So I ask you, can you prove to me that Obama's accomplishments at Harvard were based on the content of his character? Because I think Harvard University judged him by the color of his skin. And that's not what Dr. King had in mind!

Twas the color of his skin.
At that time there was a lot of racial tension at Harvard. Protests, all night vigils, black demands, etc.

Why Obama Is Mum About Harvard

Read at LUN

BobS

I was tunned by Lynn de Rothchild's statement. Conservatives should listen. How many Dems are feeling the same?

My rhetorical questions to self make me ask, have I been wrong about my own conservative vision? Have I been TOO conservative and fallen into a purity trap? Maybe there are some ideas central that I maybe shoulda been considering all along.

Taxes and the war I'm

BobS

with conservatives. But have I been wrong on immigration? On regulation?

SWarren

Rocco
Sorry, LUN for article cited above.

J Verner

BobS,

I think Mme de Rothchild runs in the same circles as Soros, and other members of the elite who are pushing Obama. etc., and I really hope that moderate democrats will pay attention. She knows exactly what they are up to. Note what she said about the party moving too far to the left (translation: the marxists kooks and their meglomaniac billionare overlords are poised to really screw us all,)

Good for her. And I loved what she said about the abortion issue.

bad

J Verner

I know three women who are probably going to vote McCain because of de Rothchild. May there be many more.

M. Simon

Bob S,

It is not your conservative vision that is wanting. It is the means of implementation.

Most questions should be taken out of the hands of government (law) and put in the hands of the people. It is harder that way but the results endure beyond the next election cycle.

M. Simon

Bob S,

It is not your conservative vision that is wanting. It is the means of implementation.

Most questions should be taken out of the hands of government (law) and put in the hands of the people. It is harder that way but the results endure beyond the next election cycle.

Rocco

SWarren

Thank you for that link. The public needs to know this stuff, especially since the left cites his Harvard accomplishments continuously. We used to strive for academic exellence, now we settle for affirmative action and diversity. If I should ever need a lawyer, I want one who earned the grades, not one who was given the grades.

kim

I want a lawyer who will advocate for me, not for himself.
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sophy

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