Very interesting and must read article in the Washington Post where Eliot Cohen, a distinguished military historian and scholar of civilian-military relations, and foreign policy adviser to Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney asks the important Ronald Reagan slightly modified question, Are you safer now than you were four years ago?
Has President Obama been a competent steward of U.S. national security?
Set aside the opening follies of this administration, such as the cringe-inducing “reset” button given to Russia’s foreign minister that yielded no cooperation but managed to produce anti-American venom from Vladimir Putin and the harassment of our ambassador to Moscow by thugs in Putin’s youth movement.
Set aside the hypocrisy of the Obama team’s scorn at former governor Mitt Romney’s lack of foreign policy experience, given that its own candidate, during his two years in the Senate prior to his presidential campaign, managed to produce one large goof: contemptuous certainty that the surge of U.S. troops to Iraq in 2007 would fail (VIDEO).
Set aside even the unseemliness of the president blaming America’s failures abroad on the George W. Bush administration while claiming credit for operations whose foundations were laid during the Bush presidency.
Disregard all this, and the answer remains no.
Yes, Obama ordered the killing of Osama bin Laden. So would any president who had him in American gun sights — imagine the furor if any commander in chief were to refrain from giving that order. But has Obama ended our war with Islamist extremists?
Read the entire article, quite enlightening and shows Obama for what he really is when it comes to foreign policy, a novice at best. Barack Obama’s greatest foreign policy accomplishments are those that he “inherited” from GWB. Its safe to say that Obama just adopted W’s drone attacks. The reason why BO does more is because he does not have the MSM claiming that innocent women and children are killed in missile attacks like W was at every strike. Some how the MSM never mentions that now. What a coincidence. Also, the tips that began the get Bin Laden efforts were started under W and dare I say, waterboarding.
Daily Commentary – Thursday, December 29, 2011 – No Ticker Tape Parade for Troups Returning From Iraq
- The Pentagon says they haven’t received a request to plan one
Obama, your defense should not be in keeping the Nobel Peace Prize, you should be explaininghow the hell you ever received it in the first place.
As Obama’s war continues in Libya, Barack Obama told reporters today that he’s keeping his peace prize. Of course he is, it’s not like he is now in more military conflicts than GWB. Oh wait, he is. As reported at The Politico, Obama defended his Nobel Peace Prize stating there is no contradiction because he is saving Libyan’s from being butchered by Qaddafi. So Barack, what’s the difference from what GWB did in saving Iraqis from Saddam Hussein?
President Obama defended his Nobel Peace Prize on Tuesday,saying that Americans “don’t see any contradiction” in him ordering an attack on Libya to make sure “people aren’t butchered because of a dictator who wants to cling to power.”
“When I received that award, I specifically said there was an irony because I was already dealing with two wars,” Obama said in an interview with CNN from El Salvador. “So I am accustomed to this contradiction of being both a commander-in-chief but also someone who aspires to peace.”
Isn’t it amazing what Obama now says as President as compared to when he was a Democrat Senator.
Saying he is focused on ensuring that Libyans can “live out their own aspirations,” Obama defended America’s involvement in Libya, saying, “we’re not invading a country, we’re not acting alone – we’re acting under a mandate issued by the United Nations Security Council in an unprecedented fashion and with unprecedented speed.”
As President Barack Obama is providing America with a muddled message as to why the US is at war with Libya, what our mission is and what is the end game … back at home only 31% of Americans give him markets on the economy. Only 26% of those not affiliated with either party rate the president’s handling of the economy as good or excellent. To make matters even worse for Barack Obama, only 22% of likely voters think that the country is heading in the right direction as compared to 72% of voters the country is heading down the wrong track.
The number of voters nationwide who give President Obama good or excellent marks for his handling of economic issues has fallen to a new low.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Voters show that just 31% rate Obama’s handling of economic issues as good or excellent. Forty-five percent (45%) say the president is doing a poor job handling these issues.
More bad news for Obama and Democrats, voters favor Republicans over Democrats on 9 out of 10 political issues.
The GOP leads Democrats on the following issues: Economy 47% - 39%, Health Care 46% - 42%, Education 42% – 39%, Iraq 48% – 35%, Immigration 48% - 35%, Afghanistan 46% – 36%, Government Ethics 38% – 33%, National Security 53% - 34% and Taxes 48% – 37%.
Oops, President Barack Obama Confuses Iraq & Afghanistan … “Combat Operations in Afghanistan Have Ended”
Barack Obama, oh he’s Reaganesque all right, NOT!
During a recent interview, as reported by the Politico, Obama made a complete muddled mess out of out of his plans for withdrawing troops from the region. The Commander in Chief stated, “Combat Operations in Afghanistan Have Ended.”Really, who knew? I guess we can blame the gaffe on Obama’s teleprompter because we all know that the MSM will never question him on his glaring mistake. Doesn’t it instill confidence in America that their president does not know the difference between Iraq and Afghanistan? This coming from the man who the media calls the smartest president ever.
Who needs VP Joe Biden for gaffes when we have Barack Hussein Obama …
“As I said, we will be out of Afghanistan by the end of this year… Combat operations in Afghanistan have ended.”
Video hat Tip: Gateway Pundit
Can you imagine the hue and cry that would have gone out through out the land by the MSM if GWB or Reagan had made such a gaffe? What about Sarah Palin? But for some reason Barack Obama always gets a free pass on all of his screw ups. What else would one expect from a bias media.
The full interview can be seen HERE.
In 2010 all the liberal memes have been debunked … now for Iraq and WMD’s.
It is the law of unintended consequences … Wikileaks documents show that Sadam Hussein did have WMD’s in Iraq after all. As stated at Hot Air, it is not so much the data that is the surprise, but the source instead. So contrary to the liberal MSM’s belief, the leaked docuemnts showed that although the US did not find massive stockpiles, ”the US did find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, and in significant quantities”.
The WikiLeaksters seem to have inadvertently done history a bit of a favor in the their obsession, with the help of heavy-breathing media mouthpieces like the New York Times, to release classified military documents.
It seems that some of those documents reveal the utter untruthfulness of a core claim of Iraq War opponents, namely that “We now know that there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.”
More from Instapundit …
Some more unintended consequences of the Wikileaks document dump as stated by Classic Values.
Gallup Poll: Americans Give Republicans Advantage Over Democrats on Economy, Immigration, Terrorism and Federal Spending
The Democrats have fallen and they can’t get up.
Less than two months before the 2010 midterm elections and according to a Gallup poll, American voters give Republicans the advantage over Democrats on the number one issue of the day, the economy. Americans rated the economy as the the most extremely important issue at 62% and 31% very important while 60% rated jobs extremely important and 32% rated very important. Both of the top two issues the voters rated Republicans over Democrats. With continued failed jobs reports and the Obama Summer of non-Recovery, matters will only get worse for Democrats.
A new USA Today/Gallup poll finds Americans saying the Republicans in Congress would do a better job than the Democrats in Congress of handling seven of nine key election issues. The parties are essentially tied on healthcare, with the environment being the lone Democratic strength.
The last Rasmussen poll showed that Republicans were trusted over Democrats on all of the top 10 issues of the day.
Talk about the Obama Presidency in a microcosm …
Obama to reporter, don’t bother me with important, critical world events … can’t you see I am on vacation buying shrimp. It turns out Obama cannot chew gum and walk at the same time.
So much for those working vacations that the MSM likes to say that President Obama does. When asked the other day while he was on his 6th vacation of the year and after his countless number rounds of golf, the press asked “The once Chosen One” a question regarding Iraq and the increase of violence there after he had declared “mission accomplished” and had the majority of US forces leave.
Obama’s response, “We’re buying shrimp guys.”
Were not we told that Barack Obama could “walk and chew gum at the same time?” It would seem that Obama cannot buy Shrimp and answer a reporters question at the same time. “We are buying shrimp” … words of wisdom from out “Golfer” in Chief. Just curious, did the shrimp come from the Gulf Coast?
Wonder if Obama got some shrimin’ tips from Bubba?
Bubba: Anyway, like I was sayin’, shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. Dey’s uh, shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There’s pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich. That- that’s about it.
Heading into the 2010 midterm elections, American voters trust Republicans on top 10 key issues.
Ever wonder why Democrats are now fearful that the House has already bee lost? Maybe it’s because the American voters now trust Republicans over Democrats on all key political issues. On issues like the economy, immigration, health care, social security, taxes and national security the GOP is trusted more. In the wake of the Charlie Rangel and Maxine Waters ethics scandals, Republicans are now even trusted more than Democrats on the issue of ethics as well.
Issues: Education 40% (D) - 41% (R), Health Care 40% (D) – 48% (R) , Iraq war 40% (D) - 43% (R), Economy 39% (D) - 47% (R), Social Security (D) 38% – 44% (R), Government Ethics 38% (D) – 40% (R), National Security 37% (D) – 49% (R), Afghanistan war 36% (D) – 43% (R), Taxes 36% (D) - 52% (R) and Immigration 35% (D) - 44% (R ).
Voters now trust Republicans more than Democrats on all 10 of the important issues regularly tracked by Rasmussen Reports.
The GOP has consistently been trusted on most issues for months now, but in July they held the lead on only nine of the key issues.
Republicans lead Democrats 47% to 39% on the economy, which remains the most important issue to voters. Those numbers are nearly identical to those found in June. Republicans have held the advantage on the economy since May of last year.
More grim news for Democrats to run on in 2010, Barack Hussein Obama has a -17 Presidental Index rating. And the economy keeps getting worse, not better.
Barack Hussein Obama’s job approval numbers keep falling … Gallup poll has Obama at new all time low of 42% approval and 49% disapproval. Just one year ago Obama had a 54% – 39% job approval. Keep in mind the 42% approval rating comes before Obama’s Friday comments regarding the mosque in NYC and his subsequent back-peddling on the issue over the weekend.
- Economy: Approve 39% - Disapprove 59%
- Taxes: Approve 41% - Disapprove 54%
- Health Care: Approve 40% - Disapprove 57%
- Immigration: Approve 29% - Disapprove 62%
- Federal Budget: Approve 31% - Disapprove 64%
- Situation in Iraq: Approve 41% - Disapprove 53%
- Situation in Afghanistan: Approve 36% - Disapprove 57%
Obama’s average job approval rating at RCP is -5.2%. What will Obama’s mosque comments do to further destroy his job approval ratings.