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narciso

'Donilon declined to be interviewed' well that's a first, the cynicism of this administration and the Times, knows no bounds.

boris

This is not the "RESET" president, this is the "UNDO" president.

Captain Hate

In the case of Iraq, the American goal has been to leave a stable and representative government, avoid a power vacuum that neighboring states and terrorists could exploit and maintain sufficient influence so that Iraq would be a partner or, at a minimum, not an opponent in the Middle East.

But the Obama administration has fallen frustratingly short of some of those objectives.

When did 100% become "some"?

mikey

Watching the Sunday Shows. Did anything bad happen overseas this week? Did the White House climb down about lying to the press and the American people?

News for Bill Kristol. This event is not about foreign policy. No one cares. What it is about however is competence and credibility. By not going to briefings, by going to Vegas, by lying about the Benghazi terrorist attack for a week, it is about putting the campaign above national security. That does resonate because it encapsulates the entire Obama presidency and why it is a failure.

Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA

On a gloomy note, one way to view the sacrifice of American blood and treasure in Iraq is to consider it an experiment.
On the one hand, if enough effort was exerted, it might be possible to create a beacon of hope, tolerance, etc in the Muslim world.
On the other hand, perhaps that vision is a fool's errand and the only alternative is a fight to the death.
Stanley Kurtz covers this ground (though in truth focused on Iran) in this 2006 piece.
http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/218419/hawkish-gloom/stanley-kurtz#

mikey

For Juan Williams, the national tracking polls are tied. Advantage Romney. You can obsess all you want on state polls but if Romney wins with anywhere above .75 of 1 percent over Obama he wont lose the electoral college. Hard to figure how winning with over 750,000 votes or more will not lead to victory given the big Obama advantage in popular for in California and New York

Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA

On another web site, a resident libturd taunts "why wasn't Bush invited to speak at the Repub convention?".
It is the work of a moment to inquire why the Dem convention did not invite recent top-ticket candidates like Gore, Lieberman and Edwards to NCarolina. And why was Hilary on an urgent diplo mission to Upper North Fontana or wherever it was she went to hide out...
Still, I am curious too. Did Barbara or W speak? (Live, or on tape?) Are there public explanations why not, if they didn't? Are there plausible unofficial explanations?

matt

Happy Birthday, Jane!!!

Gee, things didn't turn out how Mr. Wishful Thinking thought they would?

Holy Shiite! I'm shocked! Shocked I say!

The talks were a complete and sheer disaster that could have been easily avoided had we had a spine or perhaps given a Shiite.

The U.S. was perceived as the honest broker between the factions and Maliki was always a very imperfect choice as everyone knew.

Once Barry O'Bumbles pulled the pin, the power struggles began and the Shiites had the force of numbers. Iraq became even more self segregating.

We exited Iraq almost as gracefully as we exited Vietnam, and no one said a word. The military were told to STFU and the media was in the bag for Barry. No one questioned a titanically bad decision.

Iraq may well totter along as a deformed state, but every dollar we put into that country and virtually every ounce of blood spilled has been wasted.

Sandy Daze

OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM (OIF) U.S. CASUALTY STATUS
FATALITIES AS OF: September 21, 2012, 10 a.m. EDT
Total US Military & DoD Civilian KIA 4,422
Total US Military & DoD Civilian WIA 31,926
Total Coalition Military and Official Civilian and Contractor civilian
--add a couple thousand more KIA
--add up to twenty thousand WIA

~~

Now the resident is snatching (snatched!) defeat from the jaws of that victory, earned with the blood, sweat and tears listed in the above butcher's bill.

~~

He did that.


matt

The Democratic Women's Empowerment Caucus during the convention had the following speakers:

John Edwards - Fidelity
Anthony Weiner - New Social Media
Bill Clinton - Youth Outreach
James McGreevy - Personal Responsibility
Elliot Spitzer - Unconventional Career Paths for Wimmen.

centralcal

Jim: There was a lovely video shown at the RNC with both President's Bush and their lovely wives - you may be able to find it on YouTube.

Sandy Daze

Have I mentioned recently how strongly, thoroughly, unforgivingly & emphatically I detest, nay--HATE, this administration and the cabal associated with it?

~~

BTW - WRT the Sunday news shows, some time ago I had stopped watching any except on occasion FNS. I thought last week's show was about as disgusting as I had ever watched, but thought I'd try one more time this week. Cretinous carp-artists. All of them.

~~

Twelve days ago we witnessed in horror is not also shame the repudiation of eleven year's hard slogging by those that love, serve, protect and defend this Great Republic.

Crickets.

YGBSM.

Disgusting.

narciso

Sort of a mirror image of what happened in the 20s, although the Sunni tribes didn't have the demographics, their organization, typified by the proto Fascist Golden Square movement, and later te Baath, froze out the Shia and Kurds, out of the professions, and public life in general, it also explains, as Battuta pointed out, how the Communist Party there, was heavily Shiite, and
later the rise of the Da'wa, from the Baqr clan.

Joe Sterman

Raz 9/23:
O 46%
R 46%

"Obama is supported by 89% of Democrats. Romney gets the vote from 85% of Republicans and holds a 12-point advantage among unaffiliated voters."

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/obama_administration/daily_presidential_tracking_poll

Raz definitely D+ something (probably at least D+ 4 if R up 12 with indys and 84% GOP vs 89% dem for Barry)..

Clarice

Thanks for the math Joe!

Rick Ballard

"Raz definitely D+ something (probably at least D+ 4 if R up 12 with indys and 84% GOP vs 89% dem for Barry).."

Not with those splits. You're not accounting for the 8% undecided. A sample weighted 35.6R, 35.3D and 29.1I with the splits indicated returns a 46-46 result. Ras isn't running a D+4.

Wrt the current post - the aftermath of OIF should result in cost savings in our future military dealings with Mahometan savages. The idiocy of the Pottery Barn construct will be replaced with a modified IKEA construct - Reassembly Will Be Required. That is, if stacking rubble can be considered reassembly.

Jack is Back

Latest Obama campaign TV ad is focused on the economy and how terrible it was when he took over in 2009. Show's how we lost quadrillion jobs and how private industry has added 4.3 million jobs and how all Obama wants to do is raise the taxes on gillionaires to help grow the middle class. The voice over shows ocean front mansions, corporate jets, Wall Street. Then how that mean Romney's only plan is to lower those taxes, de-regulate those evil banks and get rid of grandma's social security. All the while they are showing JEF sitting in the oval office working his ass off 24/7 with papers pile up to his shoulders.

I think this is a huge mistake to run on an economy that 16% of the population have either lost faith in or are still mad as hell as to what has happened to their families, their homes and their dreams. RR needs to do some political Jui-juitsu and make them pay for being so callous and wrong. The 16% out of work or who have permanently given up deserve so.

narciso

Well Rick, the Pottery Barn formulation, assumes that Baathism wasn't like the explosive laced
concrete at the stadium, in the latest Batman film, of course, Bandar's tennis partner, among others ignore that the Sauds have built a similar
flimsy foundation, except their wolves blow from
the inside.

Jane - Mock the Media!

It's not my birthday, I promise. It's not even my 1/2 birthday.

It is however, Maybee's birthday!

JM Hanes

I've been pounding the drum about Obama's losing the peace -- and a game changing ally in the heart of the Middle East -- for so long, I've got almost nothing left to say. Along with everything else, that failure, too, was already predictable when he came out of his original, pre-election meet and greet in Iraq. He has unilaterally turned a hard won victory into a tragic sacrifice.

Thomas Collins

Happy Birthday, Janet. How is JOM's resident Redneck Woman celebrating?

hit and run

TC:
Happy Birthday, Janet. How is JOM's resident Redneck Woman celebrating?

Really, wishing birthdays might best be left in the hands of professionals.

Janet's birthday is 277 days away.

Jack is Back

narciso,

Gibbs has perfected the big lie to an extent even Goebbels and Lenin would be giving standing ovations. Baghdad Bob just lost his job as poster boy and Susan Rice is taking copious notes as they watch that interview.

Masterful.

hit and run

Jane:
It is however, Maybee's birthday!

Indeed.

matt

Wasn't that George Soros' mansion in the video? Or was it Penny Pritzker's? And that yacht over there? Perhaps Gary Hart is aboard?

Isn't that P Diddy's estate in the Hamptons? And that champagne pyramid? Jay Z, fess up. Dat yours.

The whole point of being a leftist oligarch is the system of preferences and favour.

Thomas Collins

Oh, OK. I saw Jane as Janet, but neither Jane nor Janet has a birthday today. I agree, H&R, I should have consulted with you first. With that in mind, is it MayBee's birthday today, H&R?

rse

JMH-I simply do not believe you have almost nothing left to say. In fact I am quite sure it's not true.

hit and run

TC:
With that in mind, is it MayBee's birthday today, H&R?

Fourth Sunday in September, yes.

squaredance

Whatever did you think this bunch would do in Iraq? Actually, we got off "easy" thus far (knock on wood). These were the traitors that undermined and opposed everything about the WOT and did everything they could to harm the war effort.

Had you forgotten Vietnam?

Never forget: they Hate the West; they hate the USA; they are on foreign payrolls.

They wish to bring it all down. They are well on their way to succeeding.

They have not just undone everything accomplished since 911; they have undone 60 some years of progress (or at least a saving holding pattern) in the ME. It is hard to see how the Islamicists have not won the War on Terror.

This is an intentional. It is not "incompetence" as their agenda is wholly other than any other by which you would gauge "competence".

And never forget that Obama is just a figure head in this. He is a front man.

ANd if the USA ever "recovers" the damage will be long lasting. Who would be so stupid as to ever trust us again? Who would respect a country that would be ruled over by the likes of Obama and the Democrat Party?

Who would respect a country that has destroyed itself by believing such idiotic rhetoric from a pack of obvious liars, traitors and thieves?

But thus far it seems that America has not lifted an eyebrow about it all--they seem completely unaware of what is happening. It is as though the WTC was a old tv series or something.

We shall presently see this Nov. if this is really true.

My guess is that a majority of us are too emasculated, browbeaten, stupid, ignorant, feckless, irresponsible, or deracinated for it to even register at all, let alone cause them concern.

Everything good about the USA is being destroyed right before our eyes in an handful of years by the worst sort of mediocrities one could cram into an auditorium. What is amazing is that such ridiculous excuses for human beings could pull this off where so many strong and mighty foes have failed.

Outrage after outrage, none of which would have even been imaginable even 4 or 5 years ago.

Just wait until they blow up the dollar. Just wait until QE3 wipes out the last remaining wealth of the middle class. The Great Depression will look like a picnic.

Beyond belief what the Left has accomplished these last 10 years.

And yet Obama stands a fighting chance in this election.

This alone should tell you everything you need to know about The Republic.

Danube of Thought

...stability in Iraq did not depend on the presence of U.S. forces,” a senior Obama administration said.

It is too soon to fully assess that prediction.

No it isn't.

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

Just skimmed squaredance's latest.
Did he admonish "you people" yet again?

Old Lurker

I miss MayBee

Soylent Red

The whole point of being a leftist oligarch is the system of preferences and favour.

The whole point is being in charge of the system of preferences and favor, because you are smarter and kinder than everyone else. Thus, it is your birthright.

Captain Hate

Iggy, I read even less of his text upchuck than you did but a search for "you people" only got a hit on your post.

centralcal

I miss MayBee too, O.L. Most especially her weekly birthdays!

WOO HOO - "empty chair day" still lives. Just went to do my weekly grocery shopping and two houses down from me, out on the lawn - a small US flag, and empty chair and a sign attached. It is breezy today and I couldn't see the full sign, but it began "Obama." I am sure it was a pithy message. (Neighbor I rarely see out and about, a gent about my age.) How cool is that?

JM Hanes

LOL, rse! I guess that should have been nothing new to say. The "nothing left" part is really about how suddenly pointless it seems to sift through my archives on Iraq to pull up an apropos cut and paste, for the gazillionth time.

Laura

Squaredance,
I know you sometimes tick people off here, but when I read your post I thought it was Sandy Daze posting. When you are on target, the payload is measured in megatons.
Of course, it can be a bit hard to live with.

Danube of Thought

Squaredance needs to loosen his underwear.

Danube of Thought

O 48, R 46 at Gallup.

GMax

Rick

Not providing for the undecided (as there is no none of the above and historically third parties get at best 1% in toto ), THEN with a 12% differential or 56% to 44% you get a +3.5% for the Republicans.

If the work that remains to be done is getting Republicans from 84% to 95%, I think that the ground game Reince Pribus has put together gets the job done.


Danube of Thought

"THEN with a 12% differential or 56% to 44%"

In what?

Niners in a spot of trouble. Good news for ol' Watashi in the suicide pool.

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

--Of course, it can be a bit hard to live with.

Posted by: Laura | September 23, 2012 at 01:30 PM--

What I find hard to live with is his incessant hectoring and lecturing of "you people" like Jane and Janet and clarice about how they need to get cracking at rolling back the leftist tide when for all we know he's in his boxers in his basement ranting 24/7 only on the internet.

I also find the condescending twaddle about how no one here, save him, has any comprehension about just exactly what the left is up to fairly insufferable.

Lastly, a very, very little of his amalgam of King James Old Testamentisms and Zane Grey New Riders of the Purple Prose hyperbole goes a very long way.

hit and run

In his defense, squaredance didn't sprain Porchlight's knew.

That was the two-step.

GMax

Are we going to fast for your counselor?

centralcal

Very well stated Ignatz!

Sandy Daze

Well, squaredance, FWIW, I agree with about half you wrote above,

Yep, the left wants to bring it all down, and to the degree they have succeeded, I am appalled and dismayed. Sometimes I have a perverse desire to just let it all go. . . not fight the fight for this Great Republic, just give in to every o.n.e. of the left's desires.

Talk about Pottery Barn, Rick? There'd be some rubble needing cleaning up, and IKEA would not be the model I'd use. And BTW - can we throw the Powell doctrine "you break it you own it" out finally, like tossing that racist panderer out once-and-for-all? Puh-lease? If I never hear his name or a side/slight reference to him again, it will be too soon.

But I digress.

Where I think your assessment is wrong, squaredance, is in the response of this citizens of this Great Republic. I'm out of the street knocking on doors every other day at a minimum. Cold calls, they're not easy, and we're targeting (if I may use that word) addresses which we're not certain about, addresses where we think we might pry away support from the resident. Addresses which are more likely than not to be at best ambivalent, if not hostile. Purposely so, as we do not want to waste time and resources on "high probability" votes, i.e. votes we think are already in the bank.

Guess what ? At least in the areas I am going in--areas that by a significant margin went for the resident the last time around, there is virtually no/No/NO/NO support for him this time around. Moreover there is strong support reflected for ABO and that support is inclined strongly toward Mr Romney, even though a year ago many were not, as I was not, including him in my number 1 or 2 choice.

The other area I think you go off the rails is in your characterization of the relationship with the MENA and the muslims. Squaredance, the reason why it was kept relatively in check these last 60 years, and actually you are wrong there, it was perhaps kept in check during years 1945 through approximately 1985, and after that it started to turn south again (owing to muslim belief in its new potency derived from oil revenue) (and the 45-85 era being characterized, more importantly by the Cold War).

They are playing at a religious war and it is a war that they will not win, they have not succeeded in the past and they will not succeed going forward. Sure, we'll take some hits and the hits we'll take, going forward, will make what has happened so far, seem relatively minor in comparison. But, at the end of the day, they will not and cannot prevail.

Although I am sorely disgusted with the resident and his cabal in letting Iraq slip away.
BUT, understand too that those +/- 6K KIA and +/- 50K WIA reflect losses of probably at least an order of magnitude on the other side, if not more. Also, we removed a festering sore in the MENA, as Barnett said "a bad actor with multiple priors" he had to be taken down regardless.

So, I weep for what might have been, an Iraq in 60 years which would be roughly analogous in its MENA stature as today's Germany is in Europe. But, I do not weep for what was accomplished.

We went into Iraq, kicked ass and took names. After Somalia, too many thought America had its testicles shot off. Nope, and by the way, we fought Iraq as a side-show to everything else we were doing (shuttle, part-D, econ recovery). . .

Looks bleak now, particularly when Benghazi consulate is rolled. It would look a lot less bleak to those that wish us ill, if & when we apply the B-61 disinfectant to particular trouble spots.

And, if we have to do so, I have no doubt that a President Palin or a President Ryan would so order.

hit and run

GMax:
Are we going to fast

I'm not skipping any meals over this.

GMax

Ok OK Ok "two fast" then...(grin)

Sheesh everybody a school marm on a post clearly directed to a single individual ( not named Hit).

Ignatz Ratzkiwatzki

--Sheesh everybody a school marm..--

I'm pretty sure you also meant "you counselor" not "your counselor" but I'm not even slightly school marmish and so won't even mention it. :)

GMax

What I think I meant was: Cowboys on and winning by 3, and Rangers on in a hour so I got things to do, I am out of here...

Jack is Back

Sandy,

It never to soon to invest in the glass manufacturing industry:;) Before its all over there is only one outcome that I see unless we get the JEF from 4 more troubling years.

Frau Lehrerin a.D.

Watch the school marm stuff. Clarice has her pistolas, but I still have my trusty Acme Thunderer whistle which I used effectively to dislodge stragglers from the restrooms following recess.

Danube of Thought

"Are we going to fast for your counselor?"

Think of it as too ambiguous.

hit and run

Please don't ever confuse me with a school marm. I am as bad a speller and punctuationer (not to mention maker upper of words) to be thought of as policing grammer (or speling) as any here.

But I do what I can to make a joke now and then.

And I welcome with grate mirth anyone who wants to joke on my typos and spelling and other errors.

Clarice

two
too
to
tutu

I am the once and ever queen of homonyms (NTTAWWT, wise guys).

MarkO

I was once a homophone.

hit and run

It wouldn't be wrong to call me a hobophobe.

pagar

"At least in the areas I am going in--areas that by a significant margin went for the resident the last time around, there is virtually no/No/NO/NO support for him this time around. "

Sandy, Thanks for what you have done and what you are doing to make America the greatest country on earth. May God bless you and your family.

daddy

"Gibbs has perfected the big lie to an extent even Goebbels and Lenin would be giving standing ovations."

Narciso,

By coinkydink the ADN Has a story up today about The love letters, school papers and dramatic works of college-age Joseph Goebbels.

Guess MacGinniss wasn't available this Sunday.

OldTimer

I agree with you about Sandy, Pagar, but then you ain't no slouch yourself.. :)

Sandy, you are what my dad would call someone he looked up to and admired - one helluva guy. And my dad was also one helluva guy. He died in 1995. He would be heartbroken to witness what the One has done to our country the past four years. He was a WWII vet; Army Air Force. He would be here in the trenches with all of us, however, if he were still alive.

We'll begin the rebuilding and restoring process starting in January, 2013. We owe it to the vets and to our grandkids. You betcha.

ABO becasue OMG  !           Sandy Daze

You betcha, OT. Thank you for your too-generous compliment, Sir.

Pagar. Thank you, Sir.

Illegitimi non carborundum
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Twelve days ago we experienced in scary is not also pity the repudiation of 11 seasons hard plowing by those that really like, provide, secure and secure this Great republic.

sbw

SLIMERS!

me.yahoo.com/a/ncRn8_Jniu.j5KYsqKXHML3Hfkt9VoU-

As a previous poster stated, every dollar spent, and every drop of blood spilled in Iraq was wasted.

Obama didnt' lose Iraq. Bush lost Iraq the day we set foot in the sewer.

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