Posts Tagged ‘obama’


April 18, 2012

A group of  11 advance secret service agents detailed to protect the president on his trip to Columbia did anything but.  Before the president arrived they frequented a sex club, drank heavily and  engaged 11 prostitutes to go back to their hotel and stay the night.  This debauchery was only discovered the next morning when there was a dispute about payment to one of the prostitutes.

Republican Senator Susan Collins asks about this incident.  “Who were these women? Could they have been members of groups hostile to the United States? Could they have planted bugs, disabled weapons or in any other way jeopardized the security of the president?”

General Martin Dempsey said “we let the president down”

Should these 11 agents be fired for dereliction of duty?

What do you think?


October 21, 2011

Do you remember a few months ago when Col  Gadhafi threatened to slaughter his own people.   Two factions developed in the United States.  One faction, the hawks, said the U.S. should go in on the ground with all guns blazing.  The other faction urged Obama to stay out altogether.  obama did neither.  Instead he carefully fashioned a group of countries to take on Gadhafi.   The United States would participate with air power but would not lead  and  there would be no U.S. boots on the ground.  The prupose of the coalition Obama crafted was to protect Lybians from slaughter and  to get rid of Gahdhafi.

In a matter of weeks both objectives have been attained.  And not a single American soldier lost his or her life.

In fact so successfull is the template usedin Lybia so successfully, it might well be used in other areas of conflict.  with his use of drones and limited airpower obama has created a fighting machine that is appropriate for regional skirmishes and wars.

obama is quietly establishing a militaryand foreign policy that amawill lead the way for the future.

Was Gadhafi  a  win for Obama?

What do you think?


August 26, 2011

Remember when hostilities broke out in Libya about six months ago.  President Obama received conflicting advice.  The right told him to go into Libya with thousands of boots on the ground.  The left told him to stay out completely.

Obama ignored both extremes.  He carefully calibrated a middle way by building a coalition anchored by France and Britain, kept the U.S. out of operational control (executed in fact by a Quebecois General in Naples), offered no boots on the ground and said his main objective was the removal of Quaddaffi.

Boy, did Obama hit the jack pot.  The Quaddaffi regime is now collapsing in the ruins of Tripoli.  Libya is now ready for a new regime that will end 42 years of ruinous dictatorship.

Like his daring take-out of   bin Laden, Obama now adds the triumph in Libya to the scalps on his belt.

In 2012 the GOP will have a difficult time attacking Obama’s foreign policy.

Is Libya a big win for Obama?

What do you think?


August 18, 2011

President Obama has been in the mid-West on a bus tour promoting American jobs.  He says he want more good to be stamped “Made in the U.S.A.”

On this political tour Obama was riding in a new but that cost more then a million dollars with all its security and communications equipment.  Now comes the supreme irony.  The president, on a tour to promote American jobs, was riding around in a bus made in Canada.  By a firm in Quebec no less.

Surely that is a political boo-boo of the first order.  As Hot Air senior writer, Ed Morrissey put it:  “Buying two buses from a Canadian company while promising to create jobs in the U.S. is the worst kind of optics imaginable.”

Do you agree?

Should Obama be riding around in a Canadian bus?

And a second question.  Obama leaves today for a 10-day vacation in Martha’s Vineyard.   The President is taking a lot of heat expecially on Fox that he should be holidaying and hobnobbing with the rich when so many Americans are out of work.

Does Obama deserve a holiday?


August 10, 2011

About a year ago Obama told Diane Sawyer that he would sooner be a one-term president than a mediocre two-term one.  Now the time to make that decision is at hand.  Obama has just come through 10 days from hell.  He signed off on the debt-crisis only to be savaged by his Liberal allies like the New York  Times who accused him of caving to the Tea Party.  Standard and Poor’s cut the U.S.  credit for the first time In history on Obama’s watch.  The markets tanked and there is no prospect of an economic recovery soon.

What is the problem?  I put it to you this way.  In his very DNA Obama is a conciliator, a compromiser  always seeking common ground.  But that is not how the GOP operates, especially the Tea Party.  They are absolutists.  For them, compromise is a dirty word.  It would seem that Obama does not negotiate well in that atmosphere.

So the question arises.  Is Obama temperamentally suited to be president in a context where conflict trumps compromise?

Secondly, chances are that the GOP will retain their majority in the House of Representatives.  Moreover there is more than a 50-50 chance the GOP will win control of the Senate.  There are many more Democratic seats up for grabsin 2012 than Republican seats.  How could Obama, even if he won re-election govern in that gridlock.  He wants comprehensive immigration reform.  No chance if the GOP controls congress.  Obama would be impotent.  Does he want four years of that?

Thirdly, there are rumours that Michelle Obama is not happy with her life in the White House.

Could Obama turn the torch over the Hillary Clinton?

Will Obama run for a seond term?

What do you think?


August 2, 2011

Today the Senate will pass the debt-ceiling bill and later President Obama will sign it.  That is appropriate because (despite what you may read in the New York Times), Obama is the hands-down winner in this epic.

The fact is this whole debacle, in the popular mind, has turned Obama from a liberal into a moderate, and the Republicans from free-market rationalists into economic vandals.

The fact is Obama has emerged from this crisis as a reborn centrist.  He sat back and played the defender of the federal government’s popular entitlement programs. The success of his approach reflected the paradoxical mood of a public that wants to reduce the deficit but not cut welfare.

This crisis gives us an idea of what the 2012 election will look like:  Obama the centrist vs. a Republican candidate in hock to a Tea Party that forced the nation to the economic brink.

And by the way just think of what Obama will be up against in 2012.  Romney is an opportunist and Palin is irrelevant.

Is Obama the big winner in the debt crisis debate?

What do you think?


July 23, 2011

Today a frustrated President Obama summoned congressional leaders to the White House for a drop-dead meeting on the debt ceiling.   Twice now Speaker Boehner has double-crossed  the President by breaking off the talks without any warning.  It is clear now the GOP is more interested in presidential politics than they are in the fiscal health of the nation.

In some ways this whole debt-ceiling debate is as phony as a three-doller bill.  Get this.  The money they are talking about has already been spent.  Let me explain.  Congressional spending authority is like running up credit car debt.  The money has already been spent, even before you get the bill.  Refusing to raise the debt ceiling is equivalent to deciding that y ou’d rather not pay the bill.

So for Congress to refuse to raise the debt ceiling is the exact opposite of fiscal [rudence; it is an act of dishonesty and supreme irresponsibility.  This would do the exact opposite of what the GOP claims they want.  The inmates have taken over the asylum.

When it comes to the debt ceiling, are the Republicans nuts?

What do you think


June 9, 2011

Usuallywhen the U.S. economy is in the doldrums, the incumbent president is in serious difficulty.  With unemployment at 9.1%,  the economy is in trouble. Does that mean Obama is in trouble politically?  Not according to a series of polls just out today.

The stunning fact is Obama has almost a double-digit lead over most of his Republican rivals.  Consider front-runner Mitt Romney.  Obama clobbers him by 13 percentage points – 51 percent to 38 percent.  At the same time Obama is amassing a campaign war-chest likely to be larger than the record $750 million he raised in 2008.

In the Reuter’s Ipsos, the other GOP  contenders fared even worse than Romney’s 13-point gap in a matchup with Obama. Palin trailed Obama by 23 points and Tim Palwlenty was behind by 19 points.

At this point  let me make a prediction.  Romney will not win the GOP nomination and neither will Pawlenty.  That leaves a group of political midgets and GOP has-beens to take on the president  who, by and large, is extremely well liked.

Why is Obama winning?

What do you think?


April 14, 2011

President Obama himself has now weighed into the deficit debate.  In a powerful speech that ridiculed Republican proposals to lower the deficit on the backs of seniors, the ill and the poor, the President laid out clearly a two-pronged  attack:  cut expenditures especially in the Defense Department and cancel the Bush tax cuts for the rich.   Ever since  he began running for the White House in 2008, Obama has promised to make the rich pay their fair share. Listen to this.  Cutting the tax cuts for the rich will solve 75 per cent of the deficit problem over the next five years.

The Republican plan would force seniors to come up with an extra $6,000 a year to pay for their health care.  Obama would annull that and  raise the taxes on the wealthiest two-per cent of the population, those making over $250,000 a year.  Every poll shows  that the American people support this policy.  Besides the rich are paying the lowest taxes of the last 50 years.

Make no mistake about it.  In this powerful speech Obama laid out the parameters of his campaign to retake the White House in 2012.  His taxes on the rich will provide a trillion dollars annually to pay down the debt.  In so doing Obama has put himself squarely on the side of the middle class, the old and the sick.  And he has put the GOP squarely on the side of their political friends, the richest two per cent of Americans.

Is  this a winning political ticket or not?

Should the rich pay more?

What do you think?


March 29, 2011

What is as important as what Obama said last night in his speech is what he did not say.

Obama did not explain why it was important to save unarmed civilians in Libya and not important to save unarmed vililians being shot down in Syria and Yemen.

Obama did not explain why it was important that the U.S.  take the lead in libya, then turn around and hand over the lead to someone else.

Obama said earlier that Gadhafi had to go but he gave no explanation as to how this was to be done.

Obama gave no coherent explanation of what an exit strategy would  look like.

Has Obama bungled Libya?

What do you think?