Nope, I haven’t written in a while. Things have been busy and such. Regardless, I’m sure we’ve all been paying attention. People are starting to realize that Barry doesn’t really care about them because he’s been sitting on his Great New Economic Plan for four years. Plus, people are starting to realize that Mittens isn’t a jerk. As such, the good guys are actually, slightly, in the lead. Last night was the Vice Presidential Debate. The left is excited because Joe “I’m from Scranton, which is totally blue collar, so I’m totally blue collar; did I mention I’m from Scranton” Biden was “passionate.” Everyone else thought he was a belligerent tool who drank a little too much Jameson’s Irish Whiskey before the debate.
Paul Ryan was, well, Paul Ryan. A polite, handsome, slightly underwhelming guy, who didn’t hurt us.
While I am now scarred with the picture of Joe Biden’s teeth having been burned into my head, I am even more terrified of the Obama Administration’s foreign policy. Here’s what I took from last night: we’re absolutely, positively leaving Afghanistan on a specific date in 2014. And dammit, everybody better know it (including all of you terrorists hanging out in a cave). Why 2014? Because that’s the arbitrary date we chose. Of course, according to Biden, the job is done in Afghanistan. We’ve already been successful in meeting all of our goals. O.k. Then why not pull the troops out tomorrow? Or 2013? Because that isn’t our arbitrary date! So, if we’ve been so successful, why are we there? Apparently to train the Afghan military…so they can shoot our troops in the back. Why are we decreasing the number of Americans fighting in Eastern Afghanistan, as Ryan argued? So we can have more incompetent Afghan troops accompany the fewer American troops into battle…while shooting them in the back. In other words, the Obama Administration has absolutely no plan for Afghanistan that his based on anything other than its arbitrary 2014 date. I put more thought into what I’m going to wear to go running (Just kidding. I don’t exercise).
And why not go into Syria, like we did Libya? Joe said something about geography. Of course, the real answer is we were talked into helping out with Libya by Western Europe, because Western Europe gets a lot of oil from Libya. We don’t get any. Hence, there’s no strategic reason why we would have done anything in Libya. We arguably have a strategic reason to get involved in Syria though, since it’s a hot-bed for terrorism, and has a crazy leader with lots of chemical weapons. Oh, and they’re shooting at our NATO ally Turkey. So, again, the Administration is seemingly throwing darts at a map when it comes to what conflicts we should get involved in.
And then there’s Iran. We heard a lot about sanctions during the debate last night. We heard a lot about how tough the sanctions were and that they’re the toughest sanctions in the history of the world, and so forth. That’s great Joe. We’ve leveled tough sanctions against Iran. They’re “isolated,” whatever that means. Of course, despite the super-serious sanctions, Iran is still enriching uranium, at an increasingly quick pace. And this shouldn’t be a surprise. Sanctions only impact the population. The crazy dudes running the country are still dining on whatever it is they eat, and dreaming about virgins in their silk sheets. It’s the people who we’re starving out with sanctions. Don’t believe me? Look at North Korea. We’ve been sanctioning them since what seems like the beginning of time. And during that time, they’ve continued their nuclear bomb project and their crazy dictator has continued to live in luxury (by North Korean standards), while the people starve to death. What’s my point? Sanctions don’t work against dictators who don’t give a crap about their people. In fact, sanctions make it easier to maintain power. Tim the Spoiled Lettuce Salesman is less inclined to come up with revolutionary plans when he’s worried about what his kids are going to eat for dinner.
O.k. So we’ve established that sanctions don’t work. So what’s Joe’s response to the fact that Iran continues to enrich uranium despite the sanctions? Don’t worry. Iran still doesn’t have a missile to put the bomb on. Well that’s reassuring. So our policy is to wait until Iran gets a missile, and then do something? Isn’t it a little late at that point?
You see, this is the worldview of the naive. And libs have always been dangerously naive when it comes to the world. The Administration’s Middle East policy has been a disaster, and it isn’t debateable. And it’s a disaster due to a combination of the aforementioned naivety, and incompetence. Our Embassy in Libya was denied extra security multiple times before it was attacked, and despite the State Dept. confirming that fact, Biden proceeded to tell a completely different story on national television last night. There is dark cloud forming on the horizon, that is made of a new alliance between Russia, China, Iran, and Syria, and it’s being completely ignored by Barry.
Simply put, the world remains a dangerous place, and the Administration is acting like we’re all just having a disagreement over what flavor Tootsie Pop is the best. Honestly, hearing Biden last night made me feel a lot like this:
Scared. It made me feel scared.
I’ll give Barry this: he never misses an opportunity to increase the size of government. Today he introduced the asian carp czar. Why do we need an asian carp czar? Apparently because we have too many asian carp.
‘This is a serious challenge, a serious threat,’ [Dick] Durbin said. ‘When it comes to the Asian carp threat, we are not in denial. We are not in a go-slow mode. We are in a full attack, full-speed ahead mode. We want to stop this carp from advancing.’
Go get ’em Dick! The economy sux, there’s a mad-man in Iran developing the bomb, and you’re in full attack, full-speed ahead mode on a fish. And no…I don’t think the federal government can multi-task.
I’m not going to lie though; I’m a bit surprised by all of this. The asian carp has the right to live too doesn’t it? What would PETA think? The progressives on the radio are not going to be pleased.
In what should come as a surprise to no one, Iran is continuing to increase its stock-pile of low-enriched uranium. Well, not exactly no one…our president and the letter-writers at the U.N. are probably surprised. They have, after all, been very stern with Iran and demanded that Iran cease its nuclear program. These efforts have been met with hardy laughter from Iran, and a double-face palm from the rest of us.
But experts said a stockpile of this size meant that if Iran chose further to enrich this material to the level needed for nuclear weapons, it would be able to build nearly three bombs. However, Iran’s ability to manufacture a nuclear warhead is still unclear and Tehran says that its nuclear programme has only peaceful purposes.
Only peaceful purposes. Well, that’s a relief. Wait, what? You say they aren’t allowing U.N. weapons inspectors in?
Tehran barred two inspectors in June after claiming they had leaked and fabricated information about the nuclear programme.
The report also found that Iran had continued constructing a heavy water reactor at Arak, but without allowing inspectors full access to the site.
Hmmm…if the nuclear power is only for peaceful purposes, why obstruct the inspectors? Yes, that was rhetorical. You needn’t worry, however, because we can always count on the gift of incompetence:
But Iran also appears to be having some technical difficulties with its enrichment programme. The IAEA report showed that the number of operational centrifuges at the plant at Natanz had again declined from 3,936 in May this year to 3,772 last month. The decline of 164 machines in the space of three months is equivalent to a full “cascade” of centrifuges.
I feel better now. Knowing that Iran will continue to epically fail in its efforts to become nuclear bomb-tastic is like a soft, fluffy pillow to lay my head on at night. Oh, and you don’t need to worry about any of those terrorists who like to hang out in Iran and play basketball and responsibly mentor young men and stuff getting their hands on some nuclear material to construct a dirty bomb. I’m sure Iran’s security is off the hook.
Well, it’s September. I haven’t posted in a while because there’s been nothing going on. August was hot. Congress wasn’t in session. The Tigers’ season has been over for a while now. And I’ve been waiting for football to start.
But NOW, we’re officially into football and election season. WOO-HOO! While I could talk about football forever, this is not a football blog, and I’m not starting one now. This is primarily a political blog, and it’s a political time of year. And I can’t remember an election cycle that has been potentially more important than this one. Let’s review:
The economy still sucks. In fact, it’s worse then it was the last time I posted. Unemployment is up to 9.6%; we’ve lost another 54,000 jobs; and Christina Romer, one of Barry’s chief economic “experts” who is leaving the administration, has recently let all of us know that they’ve had absolutely no idea what they’ve been doing re: the economy.
She had no idea how bad the economic collapse would be. She still doesn’t understand exactly why it was so bad. The response to the collapse was inadequate. And she doesn’t have much of an idea about how to fix things.
That’s disheartening…and also completely obvious. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis has taken to authoring op-eds in the USA Today to try and convince America that the Democrat’s handling of the economy doesn’t resemble a monkey with a rubic’s cube.
The Recovery Act saved millions of American jobs — keeping health care providers in hospitals, teachers in classrooms, and police and firefighters on the beat. But the benefits weren’t just in the public sector. During the past eight months, the economy has averaged 95,000 new private sector jobs.
While I’d love to see her support for that last sentence, it doesn’t really matter. Unemployment will continue to go up until new jobs exceed 120,000/month (population increase). More importantly, there is no doubt that the economy is slowly getting worse.
The “summer of recovery” is followed by the “autumn of reality.” Let’s face it: if the Dems had any idea what to do about the economy, they would have done it by now.
B.O. has recently begun getting rid of the “drove it into a ditch” meme, and replaced it with “it’s taken us 10 years to get into this mess, so it’s unreasonable to think we could get out of the mess in 18 months” nonsense. Did it take us 10 years to get into this? I don’t know. I suppose one could reasonably argue it took one year, or even thirty-three years (the Community Reinvestment Act, which gave birth to the housing boom and bust, was enacted in 1977). I also don’t care how long it took us to get here. What I do care about is what is the current Administration doing about it? Well, it’s been 18 months and the answer is: spent a lot of money for nothing. Things haven’t improved, and the Dems are out of ideas.
So what should be done? Well, first and foremost, vote against the Dems in November. I know, I know…you don’t like the republicans either! O.k. Then go vote for the Green Party and pat yourself on the back for being “principled.” After that you can have your juice box and sandwich with the crusts cut off and take a nap. For the rest of us adults, we’ll choose a candidate with a chance of winning.
Simply put, there is job-creating capital out there waiting to be invested. It’s not being invested because no one has any idea what’s coming from this administration. For example, if you were a business owner with money, would you be spending it to reinvest or hire new employees if you thought your taxes were going to go up in January? Of course not. Doing something as simple as throwing the Dems out of the House would improve the fragile psyche of the economy.
But simply voting Republican isn’t enough. Pressure needs to be applied to those we vote for to do things like extending the Bush tax cuts for everyone. Other taxes need to be cut…payroll and capital gains, for example. Enact legislation which gives people the option to opt out of the slush fund that is Social Security. Limit Medicare to those that need it; not simply those that are old enough to get it. Significantly amend Obamacare and gut Fannie and Freddie.
Until we get the economy back on-track, nothing else matters. And there’s a lot going on that needs to be addressed beyond the economy…like why we’re ignoring Iran’s getting all nuclear and stuff.
It’s September…the kids are back in school, I get to drink new seasonal beer, and I get to watch football. More important, however, is the election coming up. We need to vote the Dems out…and then get ready for 2012, when we can vote out the guy who looks silly riding his bike. And don’t worry…I’ll be posting a lot more than I did in August in an effort to get you through these tough times.
It seems that Iran has banned U.N. nuclear inspectors from entering the country. Why? Because in January, the U.N. inspectors released a report indicating that Iran had been conducting experiments to enrich uranium, which could then be used in a nuclear bomb. Iran accused the inspectors of lying, and therefore, they are no longer welcome. The ban further escalates what should be the U.N.’s top priority: Iran’s continued efforts to obtain a nuclear weapon.
Now, let’s just accept that the United Nations isn’t going to do anything about Iran. History tells us this. The U.N. has never taken action to respond to an event beyond either: (1) sending mean letters (see North Korea); or (2) issuing sanctions that only serve to harm the people of a nation, but have no effect on the dictator in charge (see North Korea). The only exception to this rule is when a human rights violation occurs (see Mogadishu). So, until Iran actually drops a nuclear bomb on someone (arguably a human right violation), the U.N. will continue to twiddle its thumbs.
In light of the above, we must ask President Obama what he plans on doing about the situation? Whether he likes it or not, the world looks to the U.S. for leadership. On the Iran issue, such leadership has been sorely lacking. In fact, one could reasonably argue that the White House has gone out of its way to appease Iran’s crazy leader (whose name I can’t spell, and will not try). That’s right…I said “appease.” The same thing Chamberlain and the rest of Europe did with Hitler in the years running up to World War II. Is history repeating itself?
Much like Hussein’s banning of U.N. weapons inspectors before we invaded Iraq for a second time (critics seems to forget this little fact), actions speak louder than words. Simply put, why ban U.N. inspectors if you have nothing to hide? Iran’s leader continues to assert that the goal of his nuclear plan is for energy…not bombs. Well, if that’s true, why not let the inspectors in? I doubt it’s really because everyone is lying except Iran.
The fact is, all signs point to Iran working to develop nuclear weapons. It appears that the international community, with its hate mail and sanctions, believes that Iran obtaining nuclear weapons would be dangerous. Such a belief is justified, since there is no dispute that Iran’s leader is a nut-job, and is more than willing to support terrorist groups. The question that has yet to be answered is what are we going to do about it? So far, the answer is a resounding nothing. In fact, instead of having a president who is tough on our enemies, we have one who sends them happy new year videos.
Barry needs a reality check sooner rather than later. If he continues to live in his fantasy world of riding unicorns, then it becomes increasingly likely that one of the most dangerous men in the world will get to fantasize about pinning the tail on 72 virgins while playing Press Your Luck with the Big Red Button…while we pray for no whammies.
In simultaneous moves, the Obama White House is backing an anti-Israel UN resolution scheduled for next week, while pressuring Congress to ease sanctions on Iran. What the hell is going on? First, on Israel:
[S]enior Obama administration officials have been telling foreign governments that the administration intends to support an effort next week at the United Nations to set up an independent commission, under UN auspices, to investigate Israel’s behavior in the Gaza flotilla incident.
Terrific. I can hear Cyndi Lauper now, “I see your true colors shining through….” No one can legitimately argue that our President doesn’t hate one our strongest allies. But why does he hate Israel? I don’t know. The simplest answer is the same explanation for all of his behavior: he’s incompetent. Maybe he thinks being hard on Israel will make us look better in the eyes of the Muslim world. Maybe he thinks he can actually make friends with those that hate us? Maybe his motives are more sinister. Only he knows. But he’s setting a dangerous precedent by backing a U.N. resolution to investigate the activities of a sovereign nation defending itself. I certainly would not have wanted the U.N.’s permission to drop a couple atomic bombs on Japan to safe the lives of our soldiers.
While the White House cooperates with the U.N. on what will undoubtedly be some one-sided, completely biased investigation, Congress is actually working to install increasingly severe sanctions on Iran:
Administration officials have begun negotiations with congressional leaders, who are working on versions of House and Senate bills that would punish companies that sell refined petroleum products to Iran or help the country’s oil industry.
U.S. sanctions have strong support in Congress, and the administration backs them in principle as a way to strengthen the mild strictures adopted on Wednesday by the U.N. Security Council.
Sounds like a good idea, especially given that Iran has ignored previous U.N. resolutions, and the U.N.’s response is to write angry letters. At least we can control what we do, right? Wait, what did you say?
But the administration fears that the legislation also could damage relations with Europe, Russia and China, all of whom cooperated with U.S. efforts on the U.N. sanctions.
In what has to be one of the few times the President has actually taken a stand of his own, he chooses the international community over Congress. Why would the opinions of Europe, Russia, and China matter? Don’t we love freedom and hate tyranny? What about the human rights violations in Iran? WHAT ABOUT THE FREAKIN’ NUCLEAR WEAPONS?! The fact is, the White House has no interest in severely sanctioning Iran. Why? Because the White House is more interested in making friends with our enemies then they are defending Israel, an actual ally. The problem is that, aside from the U.N. simply being a pathetically weak alliance made up of far too many socialists and wannabe communists, it is blatantly anti-semitic. Is that really the side we want to be on?
Meanwhile, U.S. business groups have been complaining that the legislation could punish them by barring U.S. firms from doing business with any foreign firms that have commercial ties to Iran.
I call bull-s**t. Since when did this White House care about punishing business? For crying out loud, that’s all they’ve been doing since Obama became President! And the businesses specifically mentioned as being punished? Shell, Total and China Oil…the hated oil companies! Let’s face it: the White House hates Israel so much that it’s willing to go soft on our enemies and defend the interests of the big businesses it claims to despise. This President is a disgrace.
Now this sounds like a good idea. It’s guaranteed to never amount to anything, and would require a significant change in the current administration’s stance on drilling, but it’s still a good idea.
A U.S. House committee has proposed barring the Pentagon from buying fuel from companies that do business with Iran’s energy industry—a stance that is a long shot for becoming law but that underscores U.S. lawmakers’ ongoing dissatisfaction with international efforts to slap tough sanctions on the nuclear ambitions of Tehran.
This proposal would kill two birds with one stone: it would increase sanctions on Iran while potentially being a step forward in not giving money to our enemies. Is this as good as dropping some bombs on Iran’s nuclear facilities? No. But it’s better than waiting for the U.N. to do something useful. Also, the fact that we give any money to the very people that want to blow us up has always struck me as a bit self-defeating. Unfortunately, the proposal doesn’t stand a snowball’s chance in Iran, because the same people who have failed to deal with Iran to date are still in charge:
Even if the amendment makes it through the House, it is likely to face stiff opposition in the Senate and at the Pentagon, which would be forced to find alternative suppliers. Iranian oil officials have also said recently that any move by the U.S. targeting its oil exports would be viewed as an “act of war,” another reason the Pentagon and the White House are likely to look unfavorably on the House amendment.
An “act of war?” Are they kidding? What the hell does training terrorist insurgents constitute? How about threatening to destroy Israel? Iran declared war on the non-Muslim world long ago.
Is concern over a war with Iran the real reason why the proposal doesn’t have a chance? Probably not. The real reason is probably found in too many Senators’ pockets. Otherwise, who could reasonably be against it?
Iran is only one part of the larger problem though, and that’s our addiction to foreign oil. We shouldn’t be sending any money to the Middle East, Venezuela, or anywhere else. We should be drilling here. While we drill here, we should actually be looking into supplemental forms of renewable energy. Unfortunately, with BP being unable to shut the oil off in the Gulf of Mexico, the chances of any new wells being drilled in the foreseeable future lie somewhere between slim and none.