Nov
17
2015
1

Why Barack Obama offered up some weaksauce support for free speech.

(H/T: Instapundit) I decline to follow this suggestion: “Give President Obama some credit — when he was asked to comment on the wave of protests sweeping colleges across the country, he didn’t fully capitulate.”  And I have three reasons for doing so: (more…)

Nov
14
2015
1

Politico suggests Barack Obama take a little responsibility for ISIS!

Yes, I’m as shocked as you are: “Coming just a day after President Barack Obama’s comment that the Islamic State had been “contained,” the terrorist attacks in Paris have cast doubt on the administration’s strategy and efforts to show gains against the jihadist group, which claimed credit for the carnage.” As a buddy of mine, usually Politico couches criticism of the President in terms of something “leading Republicans to cast doubt on Obama’s strategy.”  Having Politico admit that, yeah, this is a legitimate policy of the President’s that he needs to address now is a pretty big deal.

Mind you, Politico goes on to complain about the Republicans, and to suggest that we’re complaining for the sake of complaining. But that’s in the latter part of the article. The part that everybody reads was all about what Barack Obama needs to make an answer for. I’d be amazed, if I wasn’t aware that the man isn’t running for President again.

Nov
08
2015
1

My RedState piece on Democrats and Obama is up.

Found here. Short version: Barack Obama ain’t nobody special. At least, that’s what Democrats are now admitting.

Nov
05
2015
2

Tweet of the Day, It Truly IS The Tweet Of The Day For Many People edition.

There’s just something about it.

Oct
31
2015
1

The New York Times vs. The New York Times on Presidential Prerogatives.

This story via the New York Times is… this is one of those times when you have to take the long view, perhaps. “The White House will try to block the release of a handful of emails between President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, citing longstanding precedent invoked by presidents of both parties to keep presidential communications confidential, officials said Friday.”  See, the problem here is that the White House has a point: Presidents from both parties have indeed long taken the position (I think, fairly) that they should be able to get unvarnished opinions from their advisers without having to worry about whether it’d be used for partisan purposes.  After all, as the New York Times goes on to note:

President Bush has said that Karl Rove, his closest adviser, and Harriet Miers, his former White House counsel, among others, do not have to comply with Congressional subpoenas because “the president relies upon his staff to give him candid advice.”

This may well end up in a constitutional showdown. If it does, there is no question about which side should prevail. Congress has a right, and an obligation, to examine all of the evidence, which increasingly suggests that the Bush administration fired eight or more federal prosecutors either because they were investigating Republicans, or refusing to bring baseless charges against Democrats. The Supreme Court’s ruling in the Watergate tapes case, and other legal and historical precedents, make it clear that executive privilege should not keep Congress from getting the testimony it needs.

…Oops.  Sorry, that was what the New York Times argued in an ‘editorial’ in 2007.  My bad.  This is what the NYT says now: (more…)

Oct
30
2015
7

Welcome to Barack Obama’s Syrian War.

Ah, sorry: ‘conflict.’ That’s what we call wars when we don’t want to call them wars. It’s sort of a tradition, for Democrats: see Korea, Vietnam, and Serbia. At any rate: …and so it begins.

The White House will announce Friday that a small number of U.S. special operations forces will be sent into Syria, according to a senior U.S. official.

The senior U.S. official said that the forces will be stationed in northern Syria and work alongside groups with a proven track record of fighting ISIS. The move will be described as a “shift” but not a “change” in U.S. strategy against ISIS, the official added.

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Oct
15
2015
1

Antiwar Left apparently upset about the very drone program they forced into existence.

First, let’s set the scene.

The U.S. is killing far more people than intended in some drone strikes, according to a report likely to raise new questions about the Obama administration’s reliance on drones in its battle against Islamic terrorists.

The Intercept, in a wide-ranging set of articles on the U.S. drone program, reported that in one five month-period, nearly 90 percent of people killed by strikes in an operation in northeastern Afghanistan were not the intended targets. The news outlet reports documents detailing Operation Haymaker show that the campaign, that lasted between January 2012 and February 2013, killed more than 200 people, but only 35 were the intended targets[*].

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Oct
14
2015
12

State Department floats a trial balloon for cutting Israel loose.

Because that’s what State does, these days.

As the number of Israelis murdered during a streak of Palestinian terrorism continues to rise, the Obama administration sought to equate the sides and told reporters that, in its view, Israel is guilty of terrorism.

“Individuals on both sides of this divide are—have proven capable of, and in our view, are guilty of acts of terrorism,” State Department Spokesman John Kirby told reporters following questions about the spike in violence.

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Oct
07
2015
6

Hillary Clinton slaps Barack Obama in the face over TPP.

Now, I understand that people have different opinions on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). That’s all right. But what’s very important right now is that people not project their own opinions on this news:

Just days after the U.S. and 11 nations released a monumental trade deal that still faces a fight in Congress, Hillary Clinton says she does not support the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Speaking with Judy Woodruff Wednesday, the Democratic presidential candidate said that as of today, given what she knows of the deal, it does not meet her bar for creating jobs, raising wages for Americans and advancing national security.

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Sep
21
2015
6

Barack Obama ruins the night of kids with cancer.

Mind you, the Media is helping him here.

This is how a government official behaves when he knows, deep in his bones, that he will never have to answer for any sort of jackassery.

The U.S. Secret Service ordered hundreds of parents and their cancer-stricken children out of Lafayette Square on Saturday night, barricading the park for at least two hours and disrupting the group’s plans for a candlelight vigil to raise awareness of and research funding for childhood cancer, participants said.

[Quick note: they had a permit.]

Police officers and agents on the scene told some parents that the closure was necessary because President Obama had left the White House from an entrance near the square to address the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s annual gala.

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