What Obama should say

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The Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol has some good advice for President Obama on what he should say tonight in his oval office speech on Iraq. And I hope you would also explain that, whatever one’s views of the decision to go to war, we now have a moral obligation and strategic opportunity to help a […]

For the record

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Here’s a graph from the CBO on the Bush era federal deficits and Iraq War spending. A couple of things to note: First, note the trendline until we get to the TARP bailout, etc. in 2008. Second, the Obama administration stimulus plan added more to the deficit than all the Iraq War spending combined.

America’s French administration

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The headline requires an explanation. When I see stuff like this, I think to myself: “DeGaulle of these people.” On Larry King Live last night, Vice President Joe Biden said Iraq "could be one of the great achievements of this administration. You’re going to see 90,000 American troops come marching home by the end of […]

Fun with James Goldsborough

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Former Union-Tribune columnist James Goldsborough now writes occasionally for the non-profit VoiceofSanDiego.org, but his rhetoric and fact-checking abilities (or lack thereof) haven’t changed. As U.S. combat troops finished their withdrawal from Iraqi cities last month, the U.S. war in Iraq began its endgame, reminding us of the endgame in Vietnam, which ended the war for […]

Reality beckons

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Buried on page A32 of today’s New York Times (according to Tom Maguire) is word that the generals President Bush put in charge of winning the war in Iraq won’t be taking Barack Obama’s 16-month withdrawal timetable as gospel — and Obama’s apparently OK with that. A new military plan for troop withdrawals from Iraq […]

Rewriting history

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President-elect Barack Obama isn’t even in office yet and some in the punditocracy are already giving him credit for having won the war in Iraq. The New York Times’ Thomas Friedman: In the last year, though, the U.S. troop surge and the backlash from moderate Iraqi Sunnis against Al Qaeda and Iraqi Shiites against pro-Iranian […]

Obama's national security/foreign policy team named

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President-elect Barack Obama announced the people he plans to nominate for a variety of positions in his administration earlier today. Oddly enough, it appears that he is going to pay Hillary Rodham Clinton less to serve as Secretary of State than he would just about anyone else for the same job. (See the “Saxbe fix” […]

Obamaniacs' worldview

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Far too many Obama supporters see him as some sort of saint. This causes them to say some really ridiculous things. Former counter-terrorism chief Richard Clarke, who famously tossed his credibility in the dustbin to ally himself with the Democrats had this to say about Al Qaeda No. 2 Ayman Al-Zawahiri’s missive on the president-elect: […]

Obama's revisionist history

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Fox News last night aired the first part of Bill O’Reilly’s interview of Sen. Barack Obama. It’s probably the toughest interview Obama’s had to face and, while he keeps his composure, he’s less than honest. As recently as July, the Democratic presidential candidate declined to rate the surge a success, but said it had helped […]

Greasing the doorways

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Occasionally I’ll come across someone who’s boasting about this or that and I’ll say, jokingly, that I’m going to go and grease the doorway so we can get their ego out the door. I’m not sure there’s enough grease in the world for Sen. Barack Obama. From an interview with CBS News’ Lara Logan: Logan: […]