Jaws Summit


I’m trying to come up with a yardstick to measure the incompetence of the Obama administration — and failing.
And it’s political incompetence I’m talking about. You come into office in the midst of the biggest financial crisis in decades and facing what you at least are telling the public the threat of a general economic [...]

West Point “Days of Rage”: Speaking Lies to Power


In 1969 a brilliant law student stood in a park in Chicago and gave a speech about Vietnam.  Her friends burned flags and hurled obscenities at the U.S. Military.  The United States fell prey to this Marxist propaganda, and millions of our fellow human beings were slaughtered or enslaved when we abandoned the Vietnamese people.
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30,000 More Troops—With One Hand Tied Behind their Backs?


The consensus, Left and Right, seems to be that President Obama’s speech was less than stirring.  On Fox News’s excellent news hour, Special Report with Bret Baier, Charles Krauthammer paraphrased Winston Churchill’s famed battle cry to sum it up this way
“We will fight them in air, we’ll fight them on the beaches, we’ll fight them [...]

A Spoonful of Saccharine: If You Can’t Change Reality, Mock It


Rachel Maddow took a moment from her busy, busy schedule Wednesday night to mock Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). She did so, because he said something that hits perhaps just a little too close to home for leftists like Maddow who believe in the transformative power of government to fix all our ills.
McConnell had [...]

Robert Kagan: Obama’s Lonely Decision, Washington Post


So now two presidents in the space of less than three years have bucked overwhelming conventional wisdom, as well as public opinion, and decided that they did not want to lose a war. And what lonely decisions these have been. Perhaps the most disturbing thing about the last few years has been the stunningly large […]

Obama’s War – by Matt Gurney


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The hardest choices ahead.

Standing with Obama – by Jamie Weinstein


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Why the conservatives should back the president on Afghanistan.

Peter Beinart: The Opposite of Rousing – The Daily Beast


The goals were narrow, and delivered without regard to America’s moral obligation to Afghanistan. Peter Beinart on Obama’s missed opportunity.The best that can be said about President Obama’s West Point speech is that it was civil. Obama did not accuse opponents of the Afghan surge of appeasement; he did not imply that he has a […]

A Spoonful of Saccharine: Geopolitical Realities No Barrier to Maddow Blaming Bush for All Problems


By now, you’ve all seen President Obama’s speech, wherein he agreed to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan (though most definitely not a surge of the kind used in Iraq and suggested by many for quite some time now, we are assured). Now, Rachel Maddow often tries to walk a peculiar line in which she [...]

Storylines With Politically Fatal Endings


If Politico’s John F. Harris is correct and “Presidential politics is about storytelling” then the Obama campaign took an enormous risk using a narrative that left a lot to the individual imagination. Obama’s ambiguous call for change, created a fill-in-the-blank scenario for independents and moderates, and a call-to-arms for progressives.
In Monday’s article “7 stories Barack [...]