Legacy to my grandchildren:
“Messrs. Obama and Kaczynski drew radically different conclusions
on a critical issue — missile defense!”(Wall Street Journal)
Documenting President Elect Obama’s Problematic Presidency Will Be One Of My main Tasks Over the Coming Years.
As we approach this “new” presidency I feel obligated to document the ongoing vital mistakes that may ultimately lead America into perilous times. Because of my love for my grandchildren I feel I have a deep rooted responsibility to be honest and show them that in most cases, “Government is not the solution; government is the problem” (Ronald Reagan Inaugrural Address January 20th, 1981)
President Obama will make many mistakes in the coming years;
some will be major and obvious, some will me behind the scenes and well hidden from the public for generations to come. Some will be because of Ideology and others because of inexperience. This mistake even before he is sworn in is a combination of both ideology and inexperience. This is the type of mistake that can get Americans killed. This is the type of mistake that I want my grandchildren to know about, reflect on and understand as they grow up in an America that may not look like the America that I was so Blessed to grow up in. “God Bless America”
Maybe he should ask Bill Ayers what to do! (riggword)
Obama and Missile Defense
On this critical issue, the president-elect is not off to a good start.
Presidential transitions provide the opportunity to predict how an incoming administration will govern. While the Obama transition is proceeding largely behind the scenes, commentators have been hard at work examining the emerging evidence to reach sweeping conclusions about the administration’s likely direction.
While it is much too early to reach any firm conclusions, a few substantive events have taken place. Consider, for example, the established tradition of a president-elect’s series of calls to world leaders, to introduce himself and receive their congratulations. One of Barack Obama’s first such conversations took place last Friday with Polish President Lech Kaczynski.
From the press reports and statements regarding their brief exchange it seems Messrs. Obama and Kaczynski drew radically different conclusions on a critical issue — missile defense. Mr. Kaczynski raised the subject, given the recent U.S.-Polish agreement to base missile defense assets in Poland. In the words of the Polish press statement about the call, Mr. Kaczynski heard Mr. Obama say “that the missile defense project would continue.”
The Obama transition promptly issued a rebuttal: “President-elect Obama made no commitment on it. His position is as it was throughout the campaign — that he supports deploying a missile defense system when the technology is proved to be workable.”
This was a remarkable statement. Mr. Obama contradicted a head of state, clinging to a campaign position that could most kindly be described as weak and ambiguous. The statement also reflected a naiveté in the structuring of such transition conversations — and future dealings with truly unfriendly foreign leaders — that could have been avoided.
Importantly, the Obama-Kaczynski telephone call must be seen in the context of Russian President Dmitri Medvedev’s speech just two days before, where he threatened to base Russian missiles in the Kaliningrad enclave, targeting our proposed missile defense deployments in Poland. Mr. Medvedev’s words were more than just a direct challenge to President-elect Obama on missile defense. They were also a direct challenge to the Polish government, which reached an agreement with the Bush administration just days after the Russian invasion of Georgia. The Poles were out on a limb, and Mr. Medvedev was testing the strength of that limb and the strength of the incoming U.S. president. Both now look disturbingly weak.
To be sure, one could argue that the Poles should not so quickly have issued an unequivocal statement without checking with Mr. Obama’s handlers. But so too the Obama team should have understood that foreign leaders, both friends and adversaries, are in a state of high tension, hoping to get the president-elect to give his stamp of approval for their agendas before the inertia of the permanent government gets in the way.
Mr. Kaczynski’s gambit may have been the first, but it won’t be the last, and those hundreds of Obama foreign-affairs advisers should have known it was coming. The Iranian and North Korean nuclear weapons programs, Arab-Israeli affairs and a host of other critical problems are thundering toward Mr. Obama as Jan. 20 approaches. (complete article)
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More legacy for my grandchildren,
An experiment in tolerance
Welcome to the fold, Catherine.
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Ayers and Obama…What a surprise!
Ayers: Oh, by the way, Obama and I actually are “family friends”
posted at 9:05 pm on November 13, 2008 by Allahpundit
Via Ace. The bad news? Obama was lying to us when he dismissed Ayers at the debate as merely “a guy who lives in my neighborhood.” The good news? We already knew that, thanks to Axelrod and Mayor Daley.
Anyway, belated confirmation.
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CIA: OBL alive, keeping fit by dodging missiles
posted at 7:00 pm on November 13, 2008 by Ed Morrissey
CIA Director Michael Hayden says that Osama bin Laden remains alive more than seven years after the 9/11 attacks, but that he’s not enjoying it much. American military and intelligence efforts have largely cut him off from his organization, and most of his focus has been on staying alive. Hayden also said that the US has disrupted his plans to attack America on a grand scale: (More Hot Air)
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And you “middle of the road” Obama supporters thought Bill Ayers was just going to go away!
Unrepentant, anti-capitalist terrorist cashes in
Weather Underground bomber Bill Ayers is a busy bee.
The violence-embracing Marxist is on the lecture and media circuit, hawking his repackaged memoir, promoting a new book on race, and basking in all the post-Obama victory attention.
He’ll be at Georgetown Law School on Monday and at a book-signing at Busboys & Poets at 14th and V St in Washington DC on Monday night at 6:30PM.
God damn America, eh, Billy boy?
Ron Radosh at PJM gives Ayers a proper roasting:
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“We had served together on the board of a foundation, knew one another as neighbors and family friends, held an initial fund-raiser at my house, where I’d made a small donation to his earliest political campaign,” he writes.
But right-wing commentators tried to use those connections to smear Obama, he says.
“Obama’s political rivals and enemies apparently saw an opportunity to deepen a dishonest narrative about him, that he is somehow un-American, alien, linked to radical ideas, a closet terrorist, a sympathizer with extremism,” Ayers wrote. (Video Of Ayers’ comments)