Tuesday, September 23, 2014

They told me that we'd attack Syria if I voted for Romney......

It's easy to see why Mr Romney beats Mr. Obama if the election were held today. 

Looking back, it was Romney who saw the future and Mr Obama who told people what they wanted to hear.

Remember VP Biden mocking Mr Romney:

"Joe Biden mocked Mitt Romney’s foreign policy during the 2012 presidential campaign — but Obama-approved air strikes in Syria, which commenced Monday evening, suggest that the administration is coming around to the position of the former GOP nominee.
 
“He [Romney] said it was a mistake to end the war in Iraq and bring all of our warriors home,” Biden told an audience in York, Penn., on September 2, 2012.

“He said it was a mistake to set an end date for our warriors in Afghanistan and bring them home. He implies by the speech that he’s ready to go to war in Syria and Iran.”"

From Iraq to Russia and now Syria, it's obvious that Mr Romney understood the world and Mr Obama didn't.

 

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Mr. Panetta: You could have resigned

The rush from Obama is now a full marathon.  Everybody is trying to distance him- or herself from Pres Obama's Iraq policy or mentioning his name in the campaign.

The latest is former Sec. of Defense Leon Panetta, who now admits that it was a mistake to walk out of Iraq:
Pelley: Back when you watched the stars and stripes being lowered for the last time in Baghdad, were you confident in that moment that pulling out was the right thing to do?  
Panetta: No, I wasn't. I really thought that it was important for us to maintain a presence in Iraq.  
But the elected Prime Minister, Nouri Al-Maliki didn't want the U.S. force. As Iraq moved on, on its own, civil war broke out in Syria. The U.S. stayed largely on the sidelines but Panetta says the national security team urged the president to do more.   
Panetta: The real key was how can we develop a leadership group among the opposition that would be able to take control. And my view was to have leverage to do that, we would have to provide the weapons and the training in order for them to really be willing to work with us in that effort.  
Pelley: But with virtually his entire national security team unanimous on this, that's not the decision the president made.
OK, so the president of the U.S. went again the "unanimous" decision of the entire national security team?

And Sec. Panetta didn't resign?  Didn't Sec. Panetta suspect that we'd be facing a crisis like this?  Didn't they tell the president that?

Sec. Panetta would have done the nation, the military, and his resume a lot of good by resigning.  He would have stood tall rather than look like another guy who goes along no matter where the ship is headed.

Please spare me the agonizing comments at 60 Minutes after ISIS has taken over much of Iraq and threatens the U.S. 

We needed leadership from Sec. Panetta in 2011, and all we got was another bureaucrat who kept his nice job.

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1949: Pres Truman, USSR and the Cold War

The Cold War was in full force in 1949 when Pres Truman told the nation that the USSR had exploded a nuclear device:

"In a surprisingly low-key and carefully worded statement, President Harry S. Truman informs the American people that the Soviets have exploded a nuclear bomb. The Soviet accomplishment, years ahead of what was thought possible by most U.S. officials, caused a panic in the American government."

And the Cold War was underway.  

The US and the USSR clashed from this day until 1991 when the Soviet flag came down.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

MONDAY: EUROPE AFTER THE VOTE IN SCOTLAND



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Wendy Davis is a liberal in a very conservative state


They had "a governor debate" on Friday evening but most people in Texas were following high school football. 
The Abbott-Davis race looks more and more like a GOP landslide.  

At this point, the question is whether Miss Davis loses by 10 or 20 points!   She could get 45% if there is a heavy Democrat turnout.  

She may sink under 40% if the GOP turnout is as expected across Texas.

Frankly, Miss Davis is one very liberal candidate in a very conservative state, as Dan Balz described Texas:

"In November, Texas voters could elect the most conservative ticket of statewide officials in the state’s history.
Grass-roots activists are even more conservative, as evidenced by the state GOP platform that was produced earlier this summer."  

The bottom line is that Texas is a very conservative GOP, as Mr Balz indicates.
AG Abbott will replace Gov Perry and State Sen Patrick will replace Lt Gov Dewhurst.  

Both men are more conservative than the two men they will be replacing.

How far will this Texas conservative movement go?  Will the "Texas way" reach Washington DC?  We will learn that in 2016 if Sen Cruz and Gov Perry seek the nomination.

In the meantime, Miss Davis continues to portray the GOP as anti-woman, anti-poor and anti-just about everything.  On November, the voters are very likely to say that they are anti-Davis, or more specifically anti-liberal.

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