Archive for 12 Nov 2008

Today’s Round Up

Posted: 12 Nov 2008 in Comarade Obama, Politics

The real world: Obama

Foreign policy promises will quickly bump up against circumstances

By Ralph Peters

On Nov. 4, the American people spoke. In the coming months, our enemies will speak. During this transition period and immediately after our new president’s inauguration, hostile actors around the globe will test a leader they view as untried and naive.

As president, Barack Obama will have to establish a strong identity quickly. Expectations, at home and abroad, are diffuse and contradictory. Just as American voters projected their own convictions onto both candidates, so allies and enemies overseas have constructed their own preferred images of Obama. Wishful thinking will have to be dispelled as our new president puts our interests first.

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Obama, now that you work for me …
Exclusive: Chuck Norris writes personal letter to president-elect

By Chuck Norris

Dear President-elect Obama:

First, congratulations on your victory. The historical magnitude of your presidential win is nothing short of stupendous and a colossal fulfillment of the American dream (an achievement embedded long ago in the equality clauses of the Declaration of Independence). Your life has served and will serve as an example to countless millions, and I pray that you will live up to that honorable position and responsibility.

Now that Democrats have a virtual monopoly over our land, with control of the White House, both houses of Congress, a majority of gubernatorial positions, state legislatures, the courts, the news media, the unions and the entertainment and educational fields, it would be relatively easy for you to rule as king, casting liberal edicts in any direction. But now will come your biggest test: Will you be able to lead the other half of the country that doesn’t agree with your vision, views and policies?

It’s no big surprise that I don’t see politically eye-to-eye with you. Actually, I stand in stark opposition to most of your politics. Still, even in our differences, I realize that we must learn to work together if we are to see our country get back on track. After Election Day, I asked myself, despite the outcome, how can I work for our new president to help better America? Then the thought occurred to me, the first question that should be answered is: How will you work for me? After all, it is “We, the People” of the Constitution for whom you are employed, correct?

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Michael Yon has a new dispatch out. Don’t lose sight of the actual fight that is Afghanistan. It’s not going away any time soon.


In Time of War

By Michael Yon

The Iraq war is over.  Barring the unforeseen, the darkest days are behind, though we are still losing soldiers to low-level fighting with enemies that are true “dead-enders.”  Last month we lost seven Americans in combat in Iraq.  Peace, however, is not upon us.  Another thirty or so Iraqis died today in suicide attacks.  Nobody suffers more at the hands of Islamic terrorists than other Muslims.

A new President will soon begin to make critical decisions about Iraq and Afghanistan, the economic crisis at home, and countless other matters.  While the Iraq war began, then boiled and finally cooled before President-elect Obama will be sworn into office on January 20th, 2009, the Afghanistan-Pakistan spectacle is just getting started.  He was always a fierce opponent of our involvement in Iraq.  And, as with so many Democrats in the Senate, he argued frequently, during the campaign, that we should have been focused on Afghanistan all along, because it is the real incubator of the international terrorist threat.  Timing being everything, our new President will get his wish.  Afghanistan now moves to center stage.  The conflicts in Afghanistan and between Afghanistan and Pakistan have the simmering potential to overshadow anything we’ve seen in Iraq.  Here are a few things I hope he understands:

Our enemies are winning.  The enemies know it.  We know it.  Who are they?  The Taliban, with its deep local roots is enemy number one.  Al Qaeda is hanging around to make trouble.  Some Paks, who don’t want to see a thriving Pushtun state on their border, are our enemies.  They fund and shelter the Taliban even though we rely on them to help us defeat it.  Nothing is straightforward in this part of the world.  We have other enemies in Afghanistan who hate the Taliban.

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It was the Republican Party that lost. Not conservatism.

I heard Bill Handel the other morning saying that it was conservatism that lost in this election and that it was the country turning in a new direction. I think he is so full of shit it stinks up my car when I listen to his bullshit. If I could get something else on my radio at that hour, I would. It’s still too dark; hence, AM radio is limited until sunrise.

It wasn’t conservatism that lost the election. It was the lack thereof moron.

McCain isn’t a conservative, just like Mr. Bush isn’t a conservative.

That’s why McCain lost.

I suppose there was enough conservative in him to garnish 56 million votes, but he was too centrist and grab handy with the left to suit most conservatives. As is Bill Handel’s dumb ass.

This comes from Kim Du Toit:

Track back:

http://www.theothersideofkim.com/index.php/tos/single/19557/

Quote Of The Day

November 6, 2008
5:11 AM CST

From Dan Riehl:

“How is it I am supposed to get all fired up about raising money for a GOP that hasn’t really looked conservative and perhaps not even worth supporting for a number of years? People will blog AND raise money for things they believe in. Maybe if more Conservative and center-Right bloggers started to believe in the GOP, again – it wouldn’t be such a difficult thing to do?”

More to the point: if the GOP started to listen to conservative and center-right bloggers, they wouldn’t have given away the ‘08 election, and we might not now be facing at least four years of socialism.

Ronald Reagan. Electoral landslide. Why do we always have to beat it into the Stupid Party?

I never gave a penny to the McCain campaign, and his underfunded campaign ended up being hoist by his own Campaign Finace Reform Bill, which gives me at least a little cold comfort.

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Along that theme, over at the Loft:

Track back:

http://www.gopusa.com/theloft/?p=822

As the Dust Settles…

As the dust settles on what many are calling an “historic” election, the soul-searching has already begun in Republican circles on how to rebuild. Let us be clear: the Republican Party is in shambles, and a top-to-bottom house-cleaning is in order.

But, before we simply “throw the bums out,” we must understand exactly what went wrong and not be misled by the media or certain political pundits. The Republican Party thrives (as does America) when it is driven by conservative ideals and a reformist vision. Step away from that recipe, and the Republican Party becomes “Democrat-light,” and we all know where that has led.

In watching the election coverage on Fox News, one particular topic was discussed over and over again. The question was posed, “Is America, which has generally been a center-right country now turning into a center-left country?” The answer is an unequivocal NO. We are a center-right country which was governed by a center-left Washington. When things went bad in Washington, and Americans started looking for “change,” most legislators with an “R” next to their name became a target. The center-right country wanted center-right government, and the Republicans didn’t deliver. Period.

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