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

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.

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

Geithner Urges Europe to Strong Action

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

Gaza Day 15: New UN Efforts, Neither Side Relents, Escalation Likely

January 10, 2009

Israel halted the fighting in Gaza for three hours Saturday afternoon to allow residents to get much needed humnitarian supplies, an Israeli spokesman said.

The UN said the three hour lull starting at 1 PM was not enough to fully aid the beseiged Palestinians.

The United Nations is drawing up a plan to reinstate the Palestinian Authority is Gaza and to provide an international peace monitoring force between Hamas and Israel, the Times newspaper of Britain is reporting.

The news comes after both Hamas and Israel rejected a cease fire resolution Friday. 

Sunday, Day 16: Gaza City Under Siege

Meanwhile, Friday night and into Saturday, Israel continued the fighting with more than 50 airstrikes into Gaza and Hamas remained active in attacking Israeli forces.

Sources say Israel is now on the verge of an all-out assault upon Gaza City.

Israel has issued a threat to launch a “new phase” in its two-week-old offensive that has already killed more than 800 Palestinians.  It came in defiance of international calls for a cease-fire.

“The IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) will escalate the operation in the Gaza Strip,” leaflets dropped in Gaza today said in Arabic. “The IDF is not working against the people of Gaza but against Hamas and the terrorists only. Stay safe by following our orders.”

Smoke rises Saturday over Gaza City from artillery strikes.

Above: Smoke rises Saturday over Gaza City from artillery strikes.

This is day 15 of the fighting.

The U.N. plan, the Times says, would allow a return of the Palestinian Authority, led by the secular Fatah faction, to the territory 18 months after it was expelled by the Islamist Hamas. Diplomats are considering taking a triangle at the southern end of Gaza, including the Rafah crossing to Egypt and the Kerem Shalom crossing to Israel, to be policed by Turkish and French military monitors to stop arms smuggling into Gaza.

Israel rejected the first UN cease fire effort because it was not satisified with the anti-smuggling provisions.

The Israeli Air Force has bombed more than 70 smuggling tunnels along the border, nicknamed the Philadelphi corridor, since the operation began.

Israel appears to be getting ready for an all-out assault on Gaza City:
Gaza City Attack: Israel Says “No Restraint,” Day 15 and Beyond

Jerusalem Post:

The Times:

The Associated Press said:
Israel launched the offensive on Dec. 27 to halt years of Palestinian rocket attacks on southern Israel. A week later, ground troops moved in, with artillery and tank fire that has contributed to a surge in civilian casualties.

Palestinian medical officials say more than 800 Palestinians have been killed, roughly half of them civilians. Thirteen Israelis have been killed — four of them by militant rockets, the rest in battle in Gaza.

In a possible sign of progress for the military, no rockets were fired into Israel overnight, a sharp drop from the dozens of projectiles that were launched in the early days of the offensive.

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