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No War on Terror; No, Wait: I Like To Know What I’m Talking About!

March 26, 2009

I have grown to trust the Washington Post for news.  I don’t always agree with their point of view; but no matter.

The Washington Post reported that the Pentagon sent around an e-mail saying “war on terror” was not to be used anymore in favor of the phrase “overseas contingency operation.”

Now some guy in the Obama Administration is saying: nothing of the sort!  There is no edict to drop “war on terror.”

Who to believe?  The guys that gave us the stimulus and the AIG flail?  Or the Washington Post?

Also, it would be fully in the character of the Obama Administration, based upon what we know so far, to drop the phrase “war on terror.”

On March 13 we reported that President Obama had removed another descriptive term from the U.S. government lexicon.

“Enemy combatant” we were told, was no longer to be spoken.

The banned term joined “terrorists” on the verbally verbotten list.

Department of Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano, in Congressional testimony, refused to say the word “terrorists” except when asked about it.

In court filings, the Justice Department said it would no longer use the term “enemy combatant” to justify holding prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.

Obama still asserts the military’s authority to hold prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. But he says that authority comes from Congress and the international laws of war, not from the president’s own wartime power.

It sounds like President Obama is giving up on the “overseas contingency operation” against whoever and those captured guys, well, who knows what to call them?

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From AFP

President Barack Obama’s administration denied Wednesday dropping the punchy but controversial phrase “global war on terror” for the less snappy formulation “overseas contingency operation.”

There is no administration-wide edict from the White House Office of Management and Budget mandating the name change, as claimed in a Washington Post report, officials said.

“I sometimes am amused by things that I read in the press. I am not aware of any communication that I’ve had on that topic,” OMB director Peter Orszag told reporters.

According to the newspaper, the OMB had directed the Pentagon to drop the name coined by president George W. Bush for his battle against extremism after the September 11 attacks of 2001.

For critics, the phrase “global war on terror” was emblematic of an approach that was dangerously broad-brushed and which risked alienating the Islamic world.

Its formal omission would be consistent with the Obama administration’s reversal of key Bush policies, including ending the war in Iraq and shutting down the Guantanamo Bay prison camp.

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20090
325/pl_afp/uspoliticsattacks_2009
0325183934

Read Michelle Malkin:
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/03
/26/document-drop-whitewashing
-the-global-war-on-terror-out-of-existence/

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Obama: Fire Geithner

March 15, 2009

If Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner is such a strong, competent, believable spokesman that gives everyone confidence in him, his economic plan, and the state of the U.S. economy: why is nobody believing?

Why is it that President Obama, Paul Volker, Larry Summer and others had to push the media “we are strong and confident line” these last few days.

How come, if Geither is so good, after he urged the G20 to “strong action” yesterday, in London mind you, a report of that speech couldn’t be found on page one of the London Times or the Telegraph?
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Sen. Sherrod Brown, D- Ohio, pauses in the elevator after arriving on Capitol
Geithner

Because Geither is not strong.  He’s worthless as a spokesman and advocate and that may make him worthless as a Treasury Secretary.

He needs a speech coach, a speech writer, a media advisor and body language lessons.

 

But maybe it is too late for all the remaking of Geithner.  Maybe we knew with his TurboTax lie that we were all in for trouble.

Geithner is apparently spineless, the Senate is mostly spineless for confirming him based upon false promises and lies; so who can we look to, in this time of “crisis,” with certainty and strength?

In times of economic weakness, the president’s own Treasury Secretary is weak.

US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, seen at a press conference at the G20
AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth

How much more slack does Barack Obama wish to give this guy and for what?

Obama can’t demonstrate strengh himself until he realizes what strength is and takes some strong action on something: and soon.

Related:
Obama: Stop Thinking About What Might Be Gained; Think What May Certainly Be Lost

Geithner Urges Europe to Strong Action
http://www.upi.com/Top_News/2009
/03/14/Geithner_Strong_action_nee
ded/UPI-81031237078178/

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/0
3/15/sunday-open-thread-6/

http://americaswatchdogs.com/mic
helle-malkin2012-tax-cheat/

Even Joke Biden is doing better than Geithner….

Even Joe Biden, who has never been wrong on anything before, said a recent uptick in the stock markets is a result of the “Obama factor.”

 Obama, Biden Chat Up Economy; Congress Talking “Stimulus II”

 Biden Off Mic: “Gimme a f*&$#ing break”

Obama: Stop Thinking About What Might Be Gained; Think What May Certainly Be Lost

Obama’s clumsy, smirky staff and unelected appointees are sinking him

March 11, 2009

Something is wrong with Barack Obama and it could be that he just makes terrible appointments….

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Yes, free the president from his flacks, fixers and goons — his posse of smirky smart alecks and provincial rubes, who were shrewd enough to beat the slow, pompous Clintons in the mano-a-mano primaries but who seem like dazed lost lambs in the brave new world of federal legislation and global statesmanship.

Heads should be rolling at the White House for the embarrassing series of flubs that have overshadowed President Obama’s first seven weeks in office and given the scattered, demoralized Republicans a huge boost toward regrouping and resurrection. (Michelle, please use those fabulous toned arms to butt some heads!)

By Camilla Paglia

Read the rest:
http://www.salon.com/opinion/paglia
/2009/03/11/mercury/

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The issue is leadership on the economy and in the world….

Related:
http://spectator.org/archives/2009/03/
10/the-search-for-crisis-leadersh

 China Provoked Obama; Now Works To Smooth Situation: Why?

Losing Terror War? Al Qaeda, Afghanistan, Iran

Obama Policy On Gitmo, Taliban, Afghanistan, Intel: As Stupid as It Gets

Buffett: Obama not at war; has toxic message machine on economy

Incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel gestures prior ... 
Incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel gestures prior to the inauguration ceremony of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States, in Washington, January 20, 2009.(Jim Young – UNITED STATES/Reuters)

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs pauses while speaking ...

In this May 21, 2008 file photo, U.S. billionaire investor Warren ...
In this May 21, 2008 file photo, U.S. billionaire investor Warren Buffett speaks during a news conference in Madrid. Buffett says the economic turmoil that contributed to a 62 percent profit drop last year at the holding company he controls is certain to continue in 2009, but the revered investor remains optimistic.(AP Photo/Paul White, File)

Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag arrives ...
“Beware of geeks bearing models,” said Warren Buffett; which could be worrisome to people.  Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag arrives to deliver testimony before the House Ways and Means Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 4, 2009.REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES)

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D- Ohio, pauses in the elevator after arriving on Capitol
Geithner

Buffett: Obama not at war; has toxic message machine on economy

March 10, 2009

 I was going to mention to …. that you’ve heard this comment recently from some Democrats recently that a `crisis is a terrible thing to waste.’ …. Now, just rephrase that and since it’s, in my view, it’s an economic war, and–I don’t think anybody on December 7th would have said a `war is a terrible thing to waste, and therefore we’re going to try and ram through a whole bunch of things and–but we expect to–expect the other party to unite behind us on the–on the big problem.’ It’s just a mistake, I think, when you’ve got one overriding objective, to try and muddle it up with a bunch of other things…..if you’re in a war, and we really are on an economic war, there’s a obligation to the majority to behave in ways that don’t go around inflaming the minority. If on December 8th when–maybe it’s December 7th, when Roosevelt convened Congress to have a vote on the war, he didn’t say, `I’m throwing in about 10 of my pet projects,’ and you didn’t have congress people putting on 8,000 earmarks onto the declaration of war in 1941.

See:
http://www.swamppolitics.com/news/politi
cs/blog/2009/03/buffett_hits_obama_co
ngress_on.html

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When billionaire investor Warren Buffett says President Barack Obama’s economic message is muddled and undermining public confidence, it’s worth listening.

Halfway through his first 100 days in office, ace communicator Obama has struggled to find the right tone in talking about the economy, twinning bleak warnings with optimism about the future.

By Steve Holland
Reuters

 An outside view of the New York Stock Exchange on Wall street. ...

On the campaign trail, Obama said a president must be able to do more than one thing at a time, and his White House has been doing that.

He and his aides have interspliced comments about the economy while launching theme-of-the-day initiatives on healthcare, stem cell research and on Tuesday, education.

Last week the White House spent some time accusing conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh of being leader of the Republican Party.

But Obama, together with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, White House economic guru Lawrence Summers and others have so far failed to explain how they plan to rescue American banks, some of which are teetering on the brink of collapse.

There is talk of “stress tests” for troubled banks, or nationalizing them or letting some fail — but no clear plan.

Buffett, an informal Obama adviser considered a financial seer on Wall Street, told CNBC on Monday the message has to be “very, very clear as to what government will be doing.”

“And I think we’ve had, and it’s the nature of the political process somewhat, but we’ve had muddled messages and the American public does not know. They feel they don’t know what’s going on, and their reaction then is to absolutely pull back,” he said.

At the White House, spokesman Robert Gibbs reacted defensively, saying Obama has only been in office seven weeks and it should be no surprise that “all of the problems that took many years to take hold haven’t necessarily been solved.”

Read the rest:
http://www.reuters.com/article/new
sOne/idUSTRE5294HH20090310

In this May 21, 2008 file photo, U.S. billionaire investor Warren ...
In this May 21, 2008 file photo, U.S. billionaire investor Warren Buffett speaks during a news conference in Madrid. Buffett says the economic turmoil that contributed to a 62 percent profit drop last year at the holding company he controls is certain to continue in 2009, but the revered investor remains optimistic.(AP Photo/Paul White, File)

Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag arrives ...
“Beware of geeks bearing models,” said Warren Buffett; which could be worrisome to people.  Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag arrives to deliver testimony before the House Ways and Means Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 4, 2009.REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES)

Warren Buffett says economy fell off a cliff

March 9, 2009

Billionaire Warren Buffett said the economy has “fallen off a cliff” over the past six months and consumers have changed their habits in remarkable ways.

Buffett said Monday during a live appearance on CNBC that current economic turmoil has basically followed the worst-case scenario he envisioned.

By JOSH FUNK, AP Business Writer

In this May 21, 2008 file photo, U.S. billionaire investor Warren ...
In this May 21, 2008 file photo, U.S. billionaire investor Warren Buffett speaks during a news conference in Madrid. Buffett says the economic turmoil that contributed to a 62 percent profit drop last year at the holding company he controls is certain to continue in 2009, but the revered investor remains optimistic.(AP Photo/Paul White, File)

“It’s fallen off a cliff,” Buffett said. “Not only has the economy slowed down a lot, but people have really changed their habits like I haven’t seen.”

Buffett said the changes are reflected in the results of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.’s subsidiaries. He said Berkshire’s jewelry companies have suffered, but more people have been willing to switch to Geico to save money on car insurance.

He predicted that unemployment will likely climb a lot higher before the recession is done, but he also reiterated his optimistic long-term view: “Everything will be all right. We do have the greatest economic machine that’s ever been created.”

Fear and confusion have been driving consumer and investor behavior in recent months, Buffett said.

The nation’s leaders need to clear up the confusion before anyone will become more confident, and he said all 535 members of Congress should stop the partisan bickering about solutions.

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/2009
0309/ap_on_bi_ge/buffett_economy

Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag arrives ...
“Beware of geeks bearing models,” said Warren Buffett; which could be worrisome to people.  Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag arrives to deliver testimony before the House Ways and Means Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 4, 2009.REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES)