Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Obama Berating Petraeus In 2007

“I opposed the war in 2002. I opposed it in 2003. I opposed it in 2004. I opposed it in 2005. I opposed it in 2006.”

I love when he mocks then President Bush for saying "kick ass." Stupid statement tends to come around and, well, bite you in the ...

On Iraq then, "there are no good options, there are bad options and worse options." As usual, Obama got it wrong on the surge, but it gave hm a chance to pontificate about that which he knew, and knows, nothing about.

McChrystal Out Petreaus In

Random thoughts and reactions to Obama's talk:

Wrong decision. (to fire McChrystal)
Right call. (To name Petreaus)

"It is the right thing for our national security." Obama. speaking about team work. The President thinks that General McChrystal broke the military code, interrupted the chain of command and undermined civilian control of the military.

A change of personnel, not a change of policy.

Respects McChrystal. (Obama)

PR victory for the terrorists and Rolling Stone magazine.

If only he was this decisive with the Gulf oil spill.

Where is talk of that back stabbing lying jerk Eikenberry?

FOX News: McChrystal Out And Petreaus Back In

I smell perfume being poured on rotten fish. The Big O knows his spin.

Stimulus Fail

The economy is a product of Obama's policies and that ain't pretty.

New-home sales plunge 33 pct with tax credits gone

"We fear that the appetite to buy a home has disappeared alongside the tax credit," Paul Dales, U.S. economist with Capital Economics," wrote in a note. "After all, unemployment remains high, job security is low and credit conditions are tight."

Gee Paul, you think?

McChrystal, Obama, Ruffled Feathers And Disaster in Afghanistan

General McChrystal made a huge mistake when he and his staff spoke plainly to a reporter from Rolling Stone. Rich Galen has covered that turf in his usual brilliance, but that is not the point here. The point is the unfolding disaster in Afghanistan and how hurt feelings and, yes, poor judgement might get more soldiers killed than need be and the loss of Afghanistan.

President Obama seems to have less interest in Afghanistan than he displayed in his boring and horrible speech concerning the gulf oil spill. In Afghanistan Obama has flailed and misdirected military and diplomatic efforts aimed at victory. Worse, he has hindered them.

Now we are about to engage in major efforts to pin down and kill the Taliban. Now is not the time to have McChrystal engaged in political bloodletting in Washington even though McChrystal brought it on himself. One doesn't settle scores with a general who has obvious contempt for this administration when it abets our enemy in killing our troops and possibly brings our defeat in Afghanistan.

Congressmen like David Obey and Harry Reid have their panties in a twist, but when don't they? They want to bring this soldier down Truman style. I really don't give a damn what they feel. I do care that both of them and their ilk in Congress don't want our victory in Afghanistan. Or, at least they don't care whether we win or not. They just want the war budget back in their hands to squander at will.

I say fire Obey, Reid and others like them and send McChrystal back to Afghanistan to do his job.