Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Ann Coulter's column on "Shouting" Joe Wilson (as opposed to Whining Joe Wilson) is more than a little funny. Not surprisingly, she sticks to her general point of view that truth is a defense for pretty much any breach in protocol.
Well, since you brought up Whining Joe Wilson, it's fair to remember why it was he was whining and who was responsible. According to Wikipedia, in a Sept. 14, 2006 article, Robert Novak states:
"When Richard Armitage finally acknowledged last week he was my source three years ago in revealing Valerie Plame Wilson as a CIA employee, the former deputy secretary of state's interviews obscured what he really did. I want to set the record straight based on firsthand knowledge. First, Armitage did not, as he now indicates, merely pass on something he had heard and that he "thought" might be so. Rather, he identified to me the CIA division where Mrs. Wilson worked, and said flatly that she recommended the mission to Niger by her husband, former Amb. Joseph Wilson. Second, Armitage did not slip me this information as idle chitchat, as he now suggests. He made clear he considered it especially suited for my column. An accurate depiction of what Armitage actually said deepens the irony of him being my source. He was a foremost internal skeptic of the administration's war policy, and long had opposed military intervention in Iraq."
Scooter is living proof that one should never, ever talk to federal investigators (especially in a political show trial) without an attorney present and that each answer should be carefully considered.
By the way, and this is completely off-topic, in giving up the missile shield yesterday, Obama has made public a foreign policy decision with lasting consequences for the world that seem on the face to be entirely negative. More unilateralism, and a sad day. Kissing the Russians butt is no way to run a foreign policy.
Now, we can return to our regularly scheduled mayhem.
Ann Coulter wrote comedy gold here. Too bad it's all true.
In talking with centrist friends who voted for Obama I am amazed at the levels of willful self-deception still in their minds. This issue of paying for health-care for undocumented foreigners is especially amazing to me, because so many people fixate on section 246 as if it really means the Congress hasn't just opened the Treasury doors to all the citizens of Central and South America when that is in fact exactly what they seek to do. I really don't get it-- it's like an article of faith, akin to the stupidity of the "anthropogenic climate change" religion.
"...in giving up the missile shield yesterday, Obama has made public a foreign policy decision with lasting consequences for the world that seem..."
I totally called this.
He has sold out Eastern Europe (actual countries who *want* to be our friends) for transitory aid in Central Asia. The Russians won this exchange, by a long shot. 'Overflight' rights in return for a blank check on their Western flank? Wow.
Ya know, I had an argument about this very thing with some professional intelligence analysts early this year, right around the time Henry Kissinger was flying around and being touted as a consultant by the new President. They thought that there was no way this would happen, that Kissinger would explain exactly why it was terrible strategy and influence the decision; I argued that Obama would over-ride Kissinger and pursue the short-term gain because he was an egotistical amateur. I was told that I wasn't giving the President enough credit. And at first, when nothing happened, they appeared to be right.
But as soon as the Russians made their declaration in July that they were allowing American military passage, I knew what was coming: a short victory dance in celebration of my own instincts, followed by a long, sad head shake at the utter stupidity of our government.
This is the geo-political equivalent of taking a payday loan. A short-term sugar rush that you will probably blow, followed by much more crippling costs in the future.
"You can have Eastern Europe, just give me a chance in Afghanistan!"
Yeah, it's not enough that Obama is running us into a depression, or cozying up to despots all over Latin America. It's not enough that he has the entire country scared to death about his insane spending plans. Now we abandon allies? Straight out turn our backs on brave people who are counting on us? Worse yet, these allies know we're getting ready to countenance an Iranian bomb and that the Iranians have missiles today that can reach Europe just as easily as Israel. World War 3 is going to be Obama's legacy, and appeasement on an previously unimaginable scale is the direct cause. I worry for my children's future.
Hah! I just saw this.
Today is the 70th anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Poland.
Not only do we sell out allied powers, but the chief among them on the anniversary of a historic invasion by the very country we are selling them to. It would be as if someone sold US interests out to Japan on 7 December, 2011. A NATIONAL insult.
I wonder if they let the Russians pick the day of the declaration?
There are just no words for this level of foreign policy ineptitude.
On the plus side (barely), making this kind of stupid decision on this exact day, may shake up the Europeans and get them to admit SDI might just be a good idea.
Then again, most of them will only be in favor of SDI for 15 minutes. (The approx. flight time of a Russian IRBM)
Ed Morrissey has the whole sad saga covered, and it's ugly. The "skunk at the family picnic", the man who previously warned us to "get used to a nuclear Iran, Joltin' Joe Biden, says Iran isn't a threat because they can't "fire a missile" at the United States. Oh, well, I won't worry about them figuring out how to ship the missile to, say, Venezuela so they can shoot at us. More to the point, Mr. dipshit warm bucket of piss, I guess we shouldn't worry about our allies. You know the ones I mean, the ones who were looking forward to the protection the missile system provided and for which in return they so bravely stepped forward to work openly with us in the GWOT.
Unilaterlism. Ignoring allies. Wasn't some candidate or other whining about that all last year....
"It's a bad day for freedom".
The Won is finding he can't fool the Czechs as easily as he can the stupid Obamanation, and the Czech Prime Minister is not happy.
Mirek Topolanek is obviously a racist for implying such a thing about Barack Obama, our President.
I'm sure Jimmy Carter will be speaking about this shortly. Barack Obama stands for world peace above all, and is demonstrating his goodwill by abandoning this mis-guided effort at missile defense against a non-existent threat from Iran.
Or some such similar drivel. I 'm sure Robert Gibbs will issue some hootingly ridiculous rationalization.
3 year and a lot of days to go, pals.