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Finger to the Wind

Obama leadership in practice. Dylan weather. An American Peace Prize. Brit decline. Plus more.

12.3.09

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NAILING IT
Re: John R. Guardiano's What Obama Really Said Last Night:

"…the only thing we have to fear is fear itself…"
--Franklin D. Roosevelt
March, 1933

"… we shall fight on the beaches…we shall never surrender…"
-- Winston S. Churchill
June, 1941

‘… ask not what your country can do for you -- ask what you can do for your country."
-- John F. Kennedy
January, 1961

"Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"
-- Ronald W. Reagan

"Blah, blah, blah, yadda, yadda, yadda…."
-- Barack H. Obama

When it comes to the subtext of Obama's speech at West point, John Guardiano really nailed it!
-- Gretchen Chellson

Barack Obama has just handed the Taliban and its terrorist organization victory sometime after 2012 but not before his first term is up. Like LBJ specifically and Nixon later who ran on Peace with Honor slogan to get out of Vietnam, Obama has now made it a war for the Taliban to lose not us to win.

For those that don't grasp this, we took down a reported Taliban force of 45,000 in 2001 with 15,000 Northern Alliance, Special Forces and air power. Most of that force got away and has been bidding its time in safe heavens outside and in some cases inside Afghanistan. Eight years later with over 100,000 NATO and US forces combined and 60-90,000 so called Afghanistan armed forces the place is falling apart due to a larger, stronger and smarter Taliban force. All that force has to do now is bide its time more and improve upon what it has done over the last 8 years, just as the VC and NVA did between 1970 and the fall of South Vietnam in 1975. The parallels are striking and not surprising since both the Taliban and their embedded terrorist organization have patterned their strategy on what the successful North Vietnamese communists did to win their war against the last two Democrat administrations that played at war along with the one before that couldn't win against the Communists Chinese in Korea after the Japanese had wiped up the battlefield with them for almost 9 years in China. Our enemies clearly have our number on this.

The timed withdrawal, being a predictable timetable for the Taliban as well as us, is bad enough but the overall timing is clearly designed to serve a political purpose more than a military one. Obama knows a deteriorating situation on his watch would do even more harm to his reelection chances and thus wants only to do what buys him time through the 2012 election cycle. To those that support this charade, I would point out that having Afghanistan fail after the 2012 election will not serve anyone's long term interest, especially ours. The Taliban and their embedded terrorist organization have strategic plans for outside Afghanistan unlike the North Vietnamese communists. Letting this place fall to an even stronger Taliban regime will have long term positive consequences for their movement. Even fewer people are going to trust us if this place falls apart and becomes the breeding ground it was in 2001. To those that think an Afghanistan armed forces of sufficient size can be trained up in this time period after 8 years of trying to do this on that country's GDP and our tens of billions a year are delusional at best. The very nature of defensive war, which is all this has ever been, is grossly inefficient in terms of force structure and the odds are always with the smaller force that has the freedom of movement and action on its terms. The VC and NVA proved this time and time again over our 12 years in South Vietnam.

Short of destroying the Taliban's ability to wage war on its terms and removing a base of operations for its pet terrorist organization, we are watching the beginning of the end for us and the beginning of a more powerful Taliban controlled Afghanistan and a continuation of what brought us there in the first place less we forget why we went there in 2001. This is political pandering and triangulation at its worst (or best if you are a US military defeat loving Democrat). Long live King Obama......
-- Thom Bateman
Newport News, Virginia

FRAUD SCIENCE
Re: Max Schulz's Bob Dylan Rocks:

Maybe "God on Our side" would be more appropriate. because if he is, he'll stop the insanity sweeping the world by way of fraud science.
-- Bill

A more appropriate Dylan lyric for the Ecofascists and UNEP:

"Idiot wind, blowing every time you move your mouth,
Blowing down the back roads headin' south.
Idiot wind, blowing every time you move your teeth,
You're an idiot, babe.
It's a wonder that you still know how to breathe."
-- I.M.Kessel

UNIFIED DECLINE
Re: Hal G.P. Colebatch's The Blind Men and the Elephant:

In his article "The Blind Men and the Elephant," Hal Colebatch fairly summarizes the massive decline in various aspects of British life. However, he suggests that this has all happened in the last 11 years of left-wing control by the Labour Party. I left Britain 13 years ago, and was happy to do so as the decline so aptly detailed by Mr. Colebatch was already well underway then, after 18 years of Conservative Party government. While not trying to defend the Labour Party for its role in this decline, I don't recall too many attempts by the Conservative Party to turn back this tide.
-- Mike Stephens
Katy, Texas

STANDING THE TRUTH
Re: Jeffrey Lord's Biggest Story of 2009: The Rise of the Virtual Newsroom:

As usual Jeffrey Lord makes his point re the virtual newsroom in convincing detail. What to me remains so frustrating is that many of my relations and acquaintances remain blissfully unaware of the fraud and misinformation from the unrelenting progressive-liberal media. These folk who have jobs, families, values, and every day lives that one would think would make them definitely amenable to the conservative messages, that as Mr. Lord details is available from so many sources, just refuse to acknowledge reality. Much like Black Americans and working class citizens that continue to support politicians whose policies are dooming them to perpetual poverty and second class citizenship these people, I guess, just can't stand the truth.
-- Jack Wheatley
Royal Oak, Michigan

THE RIGHTFUL PRIZE WINNER
Re: James M. Thunder's George C. Marshall: The Berlin Wall and the Nobel Peace Price:

The Nobel Peace Prize properly belongs in perpetuity to the American taxpayer, who has paid and continues to pays for much of whatever peace that has existed in the world over the past 60 years.
-- David Govett
Davis, California

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