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February 25, 2009

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kim

Too bad the substance of political promises and projections replaces the reality of facts on the ground and in the street. Typical of a 'hope and change' attitude to real life decisions.
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Tom-

I'm shocked - shocked! - that Obama would consider withdrawing troops while, per NBC, Iraq is in the middle of a civil war.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15921476/

I, for one, will not sleep easy unless and until either of NBC's go-to guys for news, Keith Olbermann or Chris Matthews, assure us that Iraq is not in a Civil War.

... it would be helpful to know when NBC decided to report that fact, as well.

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kim

Here's change we can be hopeful about. George Gooding, AKA Seixon, is calling for email addresses for notification when his site opens. Now I have a quandary. For years I've used an email addy that I don't read(tired of the abuse), so do I use that one or the equally real one that I read?
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bad

TM, the Obama apologists are all over the place. It doesn't matter what he says or does other than promising free stuff.

Porchlight

kim, use the one you don't read - I'm sure you'll hear from other quarters as soon as Seixon is up and running. Lots of people will be happy to spread the good news.

PaulL

I prefer to remember campaigner Obama's bold assertion that the troops should be withdrawn NOW, not tomorrow but NOW.

The lefties can't be too concerned about 19 months versus 16 months. If they read the details and grasp that 30,000 to 50,000 troops will be kept in Iraq after the withdrawal, that should concern them.

MartyH

Headline in local paper: "Troops to leave Iraq in 18 months"

Body of text:

"The emerging plan now leaves Obama two months off his campaign pledge, and with between 30,000 and 50,000 troops still in Iraq to advise and train Iraqi security forces and to protect U.S. interests."

How can the troops be leaving if there are still 30,000 to 50,000 there after they have left? That's almost as many as Germany (56,000) and more than either Japan (33,000) or South Korea (26,000)?

Doublespeak lives.


kim

Of course it's doublespeak. Obama is incapable of honest, straightforward speech. It's just not in his nature, his mother's knee training, nor has it been useful in his life so far.

Yet, it's his only chance to run a successful Presidency. The irony just amuses the Hell out of me.
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Thomas Collins

Someone tell His Zeroness that we are still in Japan, Germany and Korea. We have been there far longer than 16 months, 19 months or 22 months. When is Zero going to end these quagmires?????

Matt

can we replace the troops with oil workers to pump some cheap oil?

Ignatz Ratzkywatzky

I predict Iraq and Afghanistan will soon be annexed as the 58th and 59th states which means all of the troops will be home by this time next year no matter where they are.

bad

NYT:

Once the recession ends, taxes on the not-so-rich will need to rise, too.

There are many ways this could happen. Congress could pass a consumption tax, which would bring the side benefit of encouraging people to save more. Or it could raise tax rates. Or it could get rid of the various subsidies for housing, which create an incentive to overinvest in housing. (How’s that working out, by the way?)

The New York Times doesn't believe the president's pledge:

"If your family earns less than $250,000 a year, you will not see your taxes increased a single dime. I repeat: not one single dime."

A consumption tax or housing subsidy change will affect everyone, regardless of income.

He said taxes, not income taxes.

JM Hanes

"Mr. Obama’s advisers said they believed they had reached an accommodation that would satisfy both the military and a public eager to get out of Iraq"

That's what "unyielding" support looks like chez Obama.

Matt

U.S. Out of El Segundo!

Jane

"Mr. Obama’s advisers said they believed they had reached an accommodation that would satisfy both the military and a public eager to get out of Iraq"

Someone needs to write that down. We now fight wars by "accommodation".

MayBee

We have the Appomattox Courthouse.
The Treaty of Versailles
The surrender ceremonies on the USS Missouri
And the Iraq accommodation phone call.

Matt

embrace the suck, as the troopers say. I have a feeling we'll have troops in Iraq for a lot longer than Obumble's term.

The Iraqis need the example of the Americans to move forward against corruption, inefficiency, and sectarianism. We also need some troops there to dissuade the Turks and Iranians from trying to snatch portions of Iraq. Militarily, the announcement is DOA.

Thomas Jackson

Just as the dhimmirats snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in Vietnam they will do so again in Iraq. Just as Carter gave radical Islam Iran, Obamie will give Iraq to Bin Laden.

And won't the world be a better place? Is it okay if we question their sanity now?

BR

Ah Kim, that must be why when I e-mailed you during Plamegate, Oct 05, I never heard back. The feline with sunflowers did inspire a future painting, though :)

kim

Well, I'm honored, and yep, I hide.
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BR

The only way to make contact and yet stay secret is via a go-between. If you like, perhaps you remember E3 flying a year ago, 1/15/08 at 2:14 pm.

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