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Obama Agenda Crystal Clear

February 10, 2009

There is a certain irony as the nation celebrates this week the 200th birthday of Abraham Lincoln. Arguably, not since “Honest Abe’s” assumption of the presidency triggered the start of the Civil War has the arrival of a new commander in chief unleashed so many portentous developments for the national security.

By Frank Gaffney
The Washington Times

It is a time-proven axiom that “elections have consequences.” Consider just a few of the consequences likely to flow from the election of another president from Illinois as a result of assorted priorities of the far left promulgated by Barack Obama in his first days in office:

– In the middle of not one but two shooting wars, President Obama has signaled that he intends to slow defense spending. The anti-military chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Carl Levin, gleefully announced that he intends to strip funds for weapon systems from the budget. Likely consequence: The armed services will be unable either properly to “reset” the equipment and capabilities that have been used so intensively over the last seven years or be prepared for the next conflict. History teaches such a posture invites foreign aggression and costs far more than is saved through short-term and shortsighted cuts.

– Team Obama has vowed not to support ballistic missile defenses unless they “work and are cost-effective.” It is an article of faith for the left that neither is true, no matter how many successful tests are conducted of our anti-missile systems. And over the weekend, Vice President Joe Biden left the impression with NATO allies that such a standard would preclude the previously approved U.S. deployment of radars and interceptors in Eastern Europe. (Mr. Levin has already said he would “love to cut missile defense.”) Likely consequence: Friendly governments reliant on American protection from Russian revanchism will be undercut, the Kremlin will be emboldened and the Iranian mullahs – who just demonstrated long-range missile capabilities – will have in the future a free ride in threatening, or even attacking, Europe with nuclear-armed ballistic missiles.

– President Obama has reportedly rejected the advice of his senior commanders in the theater concerning the timing of withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq. Worse yet, he has proposed Ambassador Christopher Hill – fresh from his appalling appeasement of North Korea – to be the U.S. envoy to Baghdad. In that capacity, he would be one of the chief interlocutors with the Iranians in the new dialogue Mr. Obama is intent on having with the mullahs. Likely consequence: Creation of a vacuum of power in Iraq that will unnecessarily destabilize the country and facilitate Iranian efforts to exert hegemony there. The stage will thus be set for the next war in the region, one that will surely be more costly for American personnel and interests than anything we have seen to date.

– Press reports suggest Mr. Obama has engaged octogenarian and erstwhile detentist Henry Kissinger to help fashion a new arms control deal with the Kremlin. Evidently, the president is seeking the Russians’ assent to massive reductions in the two nations’ nuclear arsenals en route to his stated goal of a global ban on all nuclear weapons. There are myriad problems with this initiative: As we are unsure of the actual size of Moscow’s stockpile, Russia could retain a large, covert force. Russia is modernizing its nuclear arsenal, something Team Obama refuses to do for ours. And verification of such cuts, let alone “Global Zero” will be, as a practical matter, impossible. Likely consequence: Russia re-establishes a dominant nuclear posture; China is encouraged to match the United States‘ low numbers and become a peer superpower; and other nations that rely on the U.S. nuclear umbrella decide they need their own deterrent, feeding worldwide proliferation.

– President Obama has nominated Harvard Law School Dean Elena Kagan as solicitor general, a stepping-stone for her appointment to the Supreme Court….

Read the rest:
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news
/2009/feb/10/counting-the-consequences/

It’s Obama Time But: “He Doesn’t Get It” or “Did The Right Thing” Depending Upon Your View

January 13, 2009

The President-elect is already enjoying the spotlight and adulation and comparing himself to Abraham Lincoln.  But the stage still has other actors and they of course spark great discussion and disagreement….

George W. Bush gave what he promised was his final press conference as President of the United States Monday, an event that re-opened much of the discussion and criticism of him and his presidency.

You either love George Bush or you hate him, it seems.  Nobody, some say, is in the middle.

Transcript:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/rele
ases/2009/01/20090112.html

Fred Barnes, the Weekly Standard editor and an unabashed conservative, mentioned on Fox News (where else?) last evening that he wrote about Bush’s accomplishments.

He even told Charles Krauthammer and the other pundits that he listed 10 Bush accomplishments and then got many others from readers via e-mail.

So, during a sleepless night, we went for a look.

Bush Ground Zero.jpg

Barnes has said about George Bush (43): “Bush, of course, is a conservative, but a different kind of conservative. His tax cuts, support for social issues, hawkish position on national security and terrorism, and rejection of the Kyoto protocols make him so. He’s also killed the ABM and Comprehensive Test Ban treaties, kept the United States out of the international criminal court, defied the United Nations, and advocated a shift in power from Washington to individuals through an ‘ownership society.’ On some issues–partial privatization of Social Security is the best example–he is a bolder conservative than Ronald Reagan, the epitome of a conventional conservative.”

So below, here is the list of President Bush (43) and his accomplishments, according to Mr. Barnes:

1) His decision in 2001 to jettison the Kyoto global warming treaty.

2) The selective use of enhanced interrogation of terrorists. Along with use of secret prisons and wireless eavesdropping, this saved American lives.

3) Bush’s third achievement was the rebuilding of presidential authority, badly degraded in the era of Vietnam, Watergate, and Bill Clinton.

4) Achievement number four was Bush’s unswerving support for Israel. Reagan was once deemed Israel’s best friend in the White House. Now Bush can claim the title.

5) His fifth success was No Child Left Behind (NCLB), the education reform bill cosponsored by America’s most prominent liberal Democratic senator Edward Kennedy.

6) Sixth, Bush declared in his second inaugural address in 2005 that American foreign policy (at least his) would henceforth focus on promoting democracy around the world.


President Bush boards Air Force One (AP Photo)

7) The seventh achievement is the Medicare prescription drug benefit, enacted in 2003. It’s not only wildly popular; it has cost less than expected by triggering competition among drug companies.

Eight: John Roberts and Sam Alito. In putting them on the Supreme Court and naming Roberts chief justice, Bush achieved what had eluded Richard Nixon, Reagan, and his own father. Roberts and Alito made the Court indisputably more conservative. And the good news is Roberts, 53, and Alito, 58, should be justices for decades to come.

9) Bush’s ninth achievement has been widely ignored. He strengthened relations with east Asian democracies (Japan, South Korea, Australia) without causing a rift with China.

10) Finally, a no-brainer: the surge. Bush prompted nearly unanimous disapproval in January 2007 when he announced he was sending more troops to Iraq and adopting a new counterinsurgency strategy.

We might add the fight against AIDS in Africa and other accomplishments…but we know, if you hate the guy you hate the guy…..

See Fred Barnes’ entire view:
http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/P
ublic/Articles/000/000/015/986rockt.asp

Bush was never afraid to make the tough call:
Bush Personally Redirected SecState Rice To Support Israel

Illinois Supreme Court Asked To Make Blagojevich “Unfit”; Gov Had Plan To Appoint Close Obama Aide

December 12, 2008

Barack Obama insists he didn’t have any contact with Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich or anyone else who might have been scheming to sell the president-elect’s U.S. Senate seat. But he has not yet given his transition staff the same clean bill of health – perhaps with good reason.

An examination of the FBI complaint against Blagojevich and the days immediately following Obama’s historic election victory suggests the governor was highly interested in Obama confidante Valerie Jarrett as a potential Senate appointee, albeit with a steep price tag.

Associated Press

The 76-page complaint contains multiple references to “Senate Candidate 1,” whose description clearly fits Jarrett, a former finance chief for Obama’s earlier campaigns and incoming senior White House adviser.

In secretly recorded conversations, the Democratic governor said he’d be willing to appoint Jarrett – Obama’s supposed favorite to replace him – in return for a high-paying job at a national union organization called Change to Win.

Read the rest:
http://apnews.myway.com/article/20081212/D95162UO0.html

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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has filed a motion with the state Supreme Court about Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s “inability” to do his job, Madigan spokeswoman Robin Ziegler said Friday.

CNN
Madigan will hold a news conference Friday about the matter, her office said.

Madigan said Thursday that stepping down is the “right thing” for Blagojevich to do.

She added, “If he fails to, the two other options are obviously the Legislature moving forward on impeachment, or I have the opportunity to actually go to our Illinois Supreme Court and ask them to declare basically that our governor is unable to serve,” she said.

In that case, Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn would become acting governor, she said.

Madigan had said she wouldn’t wait “terribly long” to take action.

Read the rest:
http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/12/12/blag
ojevich/index.html?section=cnn_latest

Illinois AG: If Blagojevich Doesn’t Resign, State May Declare Him Unfit

December 11, 2008

Illinois’ attorney general is threatening to go to the state Supreme Court to have Gov. Rod Blagojevich declared unfit to hold office if he doesn’t resign soon.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan told CNN on Thursday that she is prepared to take action. She says the best thing is for the governor to resign.

Blagojevich (bluh-GOY’-uh-vich) was arrested Tuesday on charges that he put President-elect Barack Obama‘s Senate seat up for sale. He reported to his work on Wednesday, ignoring calls for his resignation.

Madigan says she “won’t wait terribly long.”

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn says that if he’s made governor, he may opt to appoint President-elect Barack Obama’s Senate replacement rather than wait for a special election.

Speaking on NBC’s “Today” show Thursday, Quinn said he’s generally in favor of letting voters choose public officials. But he says that the economic crisis makes it vital for the state to have two senators in place.

Quinn says if embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich (bluh-GOY’-uh-vich) doesn’t resign it won’t be long before he’s either impeached or Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan asks the state Supreme Court to declare him unable to serve.

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, center, leaves his home through ... 
Still lurking.  Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, center, leaves his home through a back alley Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008, a day after he was arrested on federal corruption charges.(AP Photo/Mark Carlson)

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081211/
ap_on_re_us/illinois_governor