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June 11, 2010

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Jack is Back!

How come Bami isn't prepared to "kick some ass" in Afghanistan but is prepared to piss off every Brit who has a pension with BP stock in it. And is he so naive to think that the CoB of a major company is really the guy in charge? What is going to do try to influence the board to get rid of its CEO like he did with GM? But with GM and Chrysler he was holding the cards of big dollar bills needed to bail out the union pension funds and close all those white shoe republican dealerships. Now he is using Saul Alinksy tactics against a foreign company with beucoup jobs here in America and thinks "chicago ways" will work against a sophisticated Swedish permanent board fixture kind of guy who won't get stars in his eyes.

This guy can't juggle one ball more less 6 balls at the same time. The job isn't as much fun as the in-house parties are becoming. That's for sure. Ask McChrystal and Petraeus.

He's piloting a craft out of fuel and with a broken rudder.  Those in charge are rowin and rigging sails

Yes, the excellence of the execution of the military is covering for Obama's lack of executive ability. The lessons of history lead us in a direction DoT would hate to see us go.
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Danube of Thought

I do indeed hate it. I think the outcome of this adventure is already known.

PaulL

General Valerie Jarrett was the one who demanded that Ibama include the timeline for troop withdrawal. Shouldn't we trust her military expertise?

narciso

I'm getting a very Shah Shuja vibe off this whole thing, that was the fellow who was massacred back in 1841, when Kabul was overrun

Steve C.

I'm thinking that either the military over-promised or they let the media broadcast that this fight would be easy. After reading the referenced article in the WaPo, it seems like the Marines have got a pretty realistic view of the depth and breadth of their mission. And as to be expected, the Afghans come in for criticism for lack of commitment.

You can see why they're starting to reduce expectations about Khandahar and re-orienting the mission.

But all things considered, none of this seems like mission impossible. Patience and the continual application of resources are what is required. You eat an elephant one bite at a time.

narciso

We knew Afghanistan was not easy, but necessary, it's made harder by poor command decisions, by scrimping on the number of troops, imposing that stupid deadline

anduril

Here's a heads up to you, narciso, to moderate your anti-Russian rhetoric or face ostracism by...The Israel Lobby! Pro-Israel groups must adapt to the new world. It's from the Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi of the Israel Project, in the JPost, so you can take it as gospel, if you catch my drift:

The pro-Israel community must internalize these new realities. Given these and the daunting challenges Israel faces, including a prism where the kind of Palestinian state (i.e. peaceful vs. an Iranian-backed “Hamastan”) matters immensely to its security, we must adapt and change the way we do business. We as a community continue doing things right, but are not doing the right things. Our strategies are outdated, akin to shining the chrome on a broken model-T instead of getting a new car to take us where we need to go.

Unfortunately, some in the pro-Israel community still want to use the models that do not work in the new order. Some pray for an Obama defeat that will bring back the old order. But no matter who wins elections, it is not coming back.

Tom Friedman was wrong when he declared the world was flat; that would imply a beginning and an end. Quite the opposite is true. The world is very much the globe it is – where something happening on any side of the planet can go around and almost immediately affect the other side.

Pro-Israel groups, therefore, must grasp the new order and craft new strategies. Developing robust programs for China and Russia – which can each veto Security Council resolutions – has become critically important.

Russia is a member of the Quartet road map for peace (along with the US, EU and UN), and wants to be a major player in the peace process. It is also a major arms supplier to Iran and Syria, many of whose weapons end up the hands of Hizbullah and Hamas. Thus, it is important to provide Russian reporters and leaders with key facts about Israel, reasons why a nuclear Iran is against Russia’s best interests, and the dangers of selling sophisticated weapons to states that sponsor terror.

Importantly, Russia is already warm to Israel – a country with more than one million Russian speakers, significant shared values and many business ties.

It's OK to revile Turkey now, but you'd better cool it on Russia for the time being--there's a bigger picture you need to be aware of.

narciso

Chivers is one of the few good Times reporters on Afghanistan and Iraq, so I tend to trust his dispatches more than half dozen
of the others

anduril

This story is in Haaretz, so my advice is don't believe it: A geopolitical game changer.

narciso

Crikey, that sounds like something from a Joel Rosenberg novel

Clarice

It's Hanukah in June:
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article7148555.ece

Jane says obamasucks

Wow Clarice. I bet Obama is mad.

Clarice

If he didn't know the Arabs were doing this, he should fire the entire intelligence service.

Now, I suppose one might argue that this was leaked to scare the Iranians so that such a thing would not be necessary, but who knows..Certainly not any US journo apparently.

Clarice

The link was cut off--To see the article go to LUN

Melinda Romanoff

Clarice-

That is a blockbuster! It also says that the Saudis know that Iraqi airspace is closed.

Hmmm, who's in charge of that?

And when does haboob end?

narciso

Who would they tell, Panetta was one who warmed them off, they fired Blair, who was
the sensible one, Brennan doesn't relay the
information in due time, as we found from the debrief of Prince Nayif

narciso

It runs May through September

hit and run

And when does haboob end?

After a bunch of na na na na na na na's.

That's one of Barack's favorite songs,afterall.

Haboob, don't be afraid
You were made to be frightened of her
The minute you let her under your skin
Then you begin to make your bed wetter

(I didn't look up the lyrics,they may be slightly off)

Clarice

Maybe,Hit.
Tell me you aren't babysitting tonight,pls..And that the chain saw is safely locked up.

hit and run

Heh. Nope. mrs hit and run and the kids left today for Texas.

I am unsupervised.

But without kids.

And the chainsaw remains safely out of reach.

hit and run

I had hoped to arrange a buisness trip to Texas to go see them -- and to go meet baby Bobby Porchlight -- but alas,there really wasn't anything compelling enough to make the trip at this point.

In other bummer news,I had also hoped to be meeting Walter this weekend. But his travel plans have changed so that he won't be stopping by afterall.

At least I got to speak with him on the phone. Great guy,that Walter.

Clarice

I'm sure he is Well. my husband's out of town, too. We'll have to watch over each other online..He's at a university reunion and reported that he'd passed the office of a new Dean--the Dean of Diversity and Climate. And the alumni association wonders why I stopped giving them money.

Porchlight

Aw, hit. I'm sorry you couldn't make it out. Next time you're here, for sure. Maybe around Christmas?

Glad you got to chat with Walter though.

hit and run

Yep,Porch,we are definitely going to be in the area for Christmas.

Clarice,I think it makes sense ... Celebrate Climate Diversity.

We can be alone together.

Plus, Ahmadi-Nijad is crazeee.

Much predicted if they couldn't go through Iraq. It's Sunni Arab vs Shia Persian. A no brainer. The only Muslim bomb now is Sunni Paki. At a new moon per S.
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narciso

After this LUN, I's rather be waterboarded,

Clarice

See, I didn't make it up. Is that ridiculous or what?

Thomas Collins

In narciso's LUN, the individual is described as:

"one of the nations most dynamic and innovative thinkers in the areas of diversity and inclusion management."

The modern therapeutic society really is beyond parody.

Porchlight

More from narciso's link:

His recently published monograph on chief diversity officers, “The Chief Diversity Officer: A Primer for Presidential Leadership” was sponsored by the nation’s largest higher education policy organization and mailed directly to nearly 2000 college and university presidents.

Impressive.

Clarice

The linked in reference contains a number of grammatical errors, doesn't it ? Like "having spoke...."

hit and run

Bad grammar is a sign of innovative thinking. Leaving out an apostrophe,especially,is a sign of dynamism.

Clarice

Really big thinkers are above that..Just as Obama is too big a thinker to be bothered with speaking to the Gulf state governors, the BP CEO and the leaders of the 13 countries that offered to help.

Beneath his pay grade, Hit.

Captain Hate

If he didn't know the Arabs were doing this, he should fire the entire intelligence service.

The long awaited house cleaning? Why stop there; include the State Dept.

Clarice

The article suggests State was in on this.

narciso

It's time for McCarry's famed Foreign Intelligence Service from "Better Angels" and "Shelley's Heart"

Captain Hate

The article suggests State was in on this.

Doing something that benefits the US and Israel? That doesn't sound like what we usually get from the dhimmis at State. Some new blood get snuck in?

narciso

It's only in the 'kicking the can' sense that I can see, don't blame us, Hillary is at fault. The Sauds know the Israelis won't nuke
them, except in extraordinary circumstances ,they have nowhere as much confidence in the
Iranian camarilla

narciso

A decent column from the Middle Eastern diety, in the LUN,

also this comment, 'what does Mika's daddy,
Zbig think now

Melinda Romanoff

No,no,no.

State was looking for an out from closing Iraqi airspace and the Saud kingdom has obliged.

Now Obama's hands will be clean for his next peace overture, maybe the Sandwich Islands, where they will have guaranteed political outcome.

Oh, sorry, that's Hawaii. My bad.

[They will deny overflight of Iraq on the way in, but if it's successful, they'll open the gates for the way home, just to get a piece of the glory.]

Or am I too cynical?

Porchlight

Brits are getting disillusioned with Barry, and worried about their pensions:

That's enough 'kicking ass', Mr President

narciso

Who would have thought Obama would have a problem with a company, like this, in the LUN

Melinda Romanoff

narciso-

heh.

(I've been surfing the various "Silent Marine Drill Team" clips over at Ace's. Now I have to go scrub my face.)

G'night all.

Rick Ballard

"That doesn't sound like what we usually get from the dhimmis at State."

State is owned by the Saudis and the Saudis understand that they are Target[s] 1-987 for the Persians. Israel provides a decent cover but there's a lot more profit in blackmailing the Sauds while assessing just how weak BOzo actually is.

narciso

True, they forced out the one real polymath with objections to their agenda, the late Hume Horan, they prefer the likes of Freemsn, Murphy et al, and wannabes like Wilson

Porchlight

Here's something interesting...

Beinart: As an Obama official once told me about the Netanyahu team, with amazement, “these guys are actually waiting for President Palin.”

matt

LUN, my take on where Obama's Middle East policy is going. God help us....

Clarice

Niters. Guys, pls keep an eye on hit for me.

narciso

That's really frightening Matt, but sadly not unexpected, The Russians don't realize how
easy it was for their actions in Chechnya to
be ginned against them, to fuel jihad, From
AlMidhar and Al Hazmi to Zawahiri, they all
went down the trail in part to events like those in Grozniya

jimmyk

That Beinart is a hoot. He's going into palpitations because Eliot Abrams used the term "lynch mob":

It’s remarkable when you think about it. To Americans with even the slightest degree of racial awareness, “lynch mob” conjures something quite particular: African American men hanging from trees in the post-civil war South. To deploy the metaphor to describe a United Nations resolution that obliquely criticizes Israel is audacious. To deploy it to describe the support for that resolution by America’s first African-American president is downright astonishing. It’s a bit like calling Joe Lieberman’s opposition health-care reform a “pogrom.”

Apart from the fact that people use "lynch mob" metaphorically all the time, Beinart must have forgotten about the Leo Frank lynching, and the fact that Frank had been convicted on the (presumably false) testimony of a black man.

narciso

And it took a Tom Watson, a thoroughly fulsome
character to seal the deal, for which he ended
up in the Senate in no small part, for the better part of a generation, along with that other Klan Senator, Walter George

Jack is Back!

Talking about the Dean for Diversity and Climate it reminds me that at one time Ben & Jerry's had a Chief Euphoria Officer. And I have to admit, politics aside, at one time I believed, every time I savored a bite of Chuncky Monkey, that here was a guy earning his keep:)

OT: Ocean still blue. Still deep. Still large. This is the quietist crossing yet. No swells, just a calm almost flat and warm expanse of water. Nothing in sight except some dolphins off the starboard at tea time yesterday. But we have the US V. England match today and given that we have been ordered to "kick ass" and the fact that British soccer fans have been known to do this on a regular basis, I am staying in my room to watch. Cheerio!

AL

Before US invasion, Afghan GDP was about 2 billion dollars per year. Currently, US are spending around 50 billion dollars per year to pacify this shithole.

For 2 billion dollars just hire savages from bordering Paki tribes to cull any Taliban, A-Q, or any other terrorist activity on Afgan soil. And live happily ever after.

hit and run

Good Morning!

So we go to Idaho every other year for the 4th of July. This is the year. Just got this email from papa hit and run:

Glenn Beck is appearing in Driggs on July 3rd and its free. Huntsman Springs is having the 4th celebration for the valley and Glenn is their keynote. Said it is really dividing the community.

Interesting!

centralcal

Speaking of Glenn Beck, because our office closes at 1 pm on Friday's now, I have been able to watch his Founder's Friday shows. They have been educational, interesting, and inspiring. Has anyone else been watching them?

(I don't see any of his regular shows during the rest of the week.)

Janet

Glenn Beck has been doing a great job educating Americans. I listened to his radio show yesterday, and they were ruthlessly mocking Boxer and her nonsense about our greatest threat to national security is carbon pollution.

"so many returning veterans that want us to move forward and address this issue"

Really? "So many"? How many is that? Name some.

Jane says obamasucks

I missed it, JIB, are you sailing across the Atlantic?

Janet

I haven't watched the Founder's Friday shows. We don't have cable. Ms. Underestimated often has video clips of Beck's shows.
I just re-found his radio show on a smaller AM station here...him & Dennis Miller. I enjoy them both. When I first started listening to talk radio they were on another station, but were later dropped. I ordered an "I ♥ Halliburton" T-shirt from Beck back then. Afraid to wear it up here though!

centralcal

I don't hear Beck on the radio either - locally the AM station carries Rush and Hannity, and their sister FM station carries Beck and Levin (I am probably forgetting or leaving out others). I always have it tuned to AM because of the traffic news during my commute to and from work.

Anyhow - I heartily recommend the Founder's Friday shows. It was especially enlightening when he had the show devoted to black founders - before, during, and after the American Revolution. He said he got his highest ratings for that particular show.

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