Posts Tagged ‘Barack Obama’

To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.” –George Washington, 1790

two_f-22_raptor_in_flyingAfter months of careful study, the 9/11 Commission concluded that a “failure of imagination” on the part of the U.S. intelligence community led to the attacks of September 11, 2001.  Unfortunately, it appears that our defense community is now experiencing a failure of imagination, however, this time, the threats are not as abstract and unimaginable as was the terrorist threat prior to 9/11.

The F-22 Raptor is the newest fighter jet in the American arsenal and it is the most advanced fighter jet in the world today.  The Air Force, writing of the F-22, notes that it “cannot be matched by any known or projected fighter aircraft.”  Despite the unrivaled air superiority that the  F-22 has allowed us to enjoy, the Department of Defense is reorienting itself to fight assymetrical wars and that means cutting new orders for F-22s in favor of unmanned drones.  So at a time when the size and strength of the Chinese military is increasing, the North Koreans are experimenting with rocket technology and Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapon, we are investing in low-tech weaponry?  Perhaps California senate candidate Chuck DeVore summarized it best in a tweet yesterday (paraphrase): North Korea’s firing rockets and Obama’s firing CEOs.  What could possibly go wrong?


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It appears that our financial woes are compounding.  Drudge‘s headline tonight is spooky; the consequence of four decades of living above our means are finally catching up with us.  While the American financial system collapses around us, instead of taking the necessary steps to ease global concerns about the security of the dollar, President Obama fills out his brackets and Secretary Geithner, well….

UPDATE: Secretary Geithner and Chairman Bernanke respond to our Chinese friends.

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While I want “Much Abides” to be a place for serious discussion, occasionally I like to introduce my readers to the lighter side of politics; this is one of those times.  Presidents have long relied on teleprompters to assist with the delivery of important speeches, but President Obama’s dependence on teleprompters is becoming something of a national joke.  Random journalists observed this predisposition during the campaign, but now this observation has gone mainstream.  So much so that Rush Limbaugh has nicknamed the teleprompter TOTUS (Teleprompter of the United States), suggesting that the president merely says whatever TOTUS tells him without thinking for himself.  When TOTUS is not present, President Obama tends to get himself into trouble.  Even when TOTUS is present, he tends to get himself into trouble.  You can follow the exploits of President Obama’s teleprompter at it’s semi-official blog or on Twitter at BOTeleprompter.  In the meantime, here’s a great cartoon by Investor’s Business Daily’s Michael Ramirez on TOTUS:

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Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.”  –John Adams

As a follow-up to “Cross of Gold,” here’s Michael Goodwin in today’s New York Daily News echoing my concern about allowing the populist anger of the moment to blind us to the slippery slope of specific, punitive taxation.  Take away line from Jay Leno nonetheless: “‘Here’s something that kind of scared me…if the government decides they don’t like a guy, all of a sudden, hey, we’re going to tax you and then boom, and it passes.'”  If a late-night comedian can see the potential danger here, why can’t a Yale alum?

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Finally!  Someone asks the five million dollar question: for all of the dire predictions from the left about the catastrophes that might occur if Sarah Palin became president or vice president, how much worse could it possibly have been than what we have now?  Maybe a successful president actually needs more experience than simply managing his campaign.

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Et Tu?

It’s on.  Via Jim Geraghty at The Campaign Spot at National Review, the prestigious publication, The Economist–which, incidentally, endorsed President Obama during the campaign–calls the president’s new omnibus budget both \”wishful\” and \”dangerous.\” What’s next, Chris Matthews criticising Obamacare?

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It is vital that Britain and America should always stand together.”  –Margaret Thatcher, 1988

Former President Bush was right: the United States has no better friend than Great Britain.  During our 150-plus years as colonies of the Crown, our British cousins gave us a legacy of liberty, self-government, equal justice, entrepreneurship and the common law.  From this foundation a great republic was born that would serve as a model of democracy and economic vitality for all the world.  We have regularly fought alongside Her Majesty’s armed forces in such diverse locales as Kabul, Normandy and Basra.  Together, we two nations of freedom-loving people have fought to secure and advance the “sacred cause of liberty.”  When we were attacked on September 11, 2001, then-prime minister Tony Blair was the first head of government to come to our aid, meanwhile Queen Elizabeth allowed “The Star-Spangled Banner” to be played at Buckingham Palace.  Dr. Kissinger might be right in that we have no permanent allies, only permanent interests, but in Britain, we have both.  It is a symbiotic relationship–both the United States and Great Britain are better countries today because of our long-standing friendship and cultural exchange.  That is why President Obama’s insolence toward Prime Minister Gordon Brown is so baffling.

Ed Morrissey at HotAir has the full story, but the gist of it is this: upon his inauguration, President Obama returned the bust of Sir Winston Churchill–displayed in George W. Bush’s Oval Office–to the British government, from whom it had been loaned.  Prime Minister Brown, who brought a meaningful gift for President Obama, received in exchange…a gift set of twenty-five DVDs, plus two plastic models of Marine One (from the White House gift shop) for his children!  Why is President Obama trying to alienate our most valuable ally?  A Briton posits an theory, but as with many of this president’s actions, I  do not understand his intentions.  Furthermore, if the British begin to feel like the unappreciated party in the Anglo-American alliance, could they be persuaded to integrate more fully with the European Union?  It is no secret that Prime Minister Brown supports a greater degree of EU integration; this might well prove to be the catalyst he needs to persuade the British public to look across the Channel rather than the Atlantic.

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