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We’re No Longer Thinking Trough Problems? Gitmo, Stimulus, Cap and Trade are Just a Few Examples

May 22, 2009

If you had fallen asleep, say, last November, only to wake up this week, you might ask: “When did we stop thinking through the solutions to our problems?”

The answer, one might suppose, could be that if you have a Democrat in the White House and a huge Democrat majority in the House and Senate, no further thinking is required.

For example: after two years of preaching about the immorality of Gitmo, the Congress rejected the funding the White House requested to close Gitmo because they weren’t given a plan on where to put the prisoners.

So the President yesterday gave another hour-long sermon on Gitmo.  To which Harry Reid said, “We still need a plan.”

Not only that, the plan in the speech hasn’t been well thought out.  

“There’s a whole contingent of issues that have to be well thought out before we ever agreed to bring inmates of that caliber into our system,” said Bryan Lowry, president of the National Council of Prison Locals, which represents federal correctional officers.

The stimulus, which spread out $787 billion of taxpayers money like manure on the land wasn’t read by any “lawmaker” that any member of the media has found.  Now Henry Waxman has offered to cure this problem on the Cap and Trade Bill: he’s hired a speed reader.

Rip van Winkle might just elect to go back to sleep fearing that this is going from really bad to really worse….

Here’s a thought: reactivate Alcatraz, put the Gitmo prisoners there and they can vote for Nancy Pelosi…..

Even Joe Biden says we aren’t thinking:
Biden on Obama’s Gitmo “Plan”: “It’s Like Opening Pandora’s Box”

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/0
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Bush Waterboarded Three Terrorists; Obama Shot Three Pirates — War is Hell
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What California, Pelosi, Waxman, Feinstein and Schwarzenegger Can’t Ignore: Except They’ve Already Proven Stupidity
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“Nobody liked it that we didn’t read the stimulus bill so we hired a speed reader for Waxman’s bill” – Congress

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Obama’s Bone Head Moves, First 100 Days: Add “Photo Op” Of Air Force One For $75,000 “Plus” Freaked Out New Yorkers

Obama White House Engineered Photo Ops, Publicity Stunts Not Always Honest, Well Conceived

 Obama’s Dumb Moves Getting More Difficult to Ignore? On Friday Mainstream Media Realiazes Monday’s Cabinet Meeting Was Laughable, Really

If you had told me some of these Obama stories three months ago I would have said “impossible!”

Was it Joe Biden, Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton that thought it was a good idea to encourage Russia to just hit the “reset” button?  Well, whoever…..

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov with a red button marked "reset" in English and "overload" in Russian.
Coffrini/Getty

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Barack, Hillary: Moronic “Reset” Idea for Relations With Russia

Let’s Talk: Pirate Episode Hurt Obama’s Negotiating Cred

 Obama Loses Photo Op War To Chavez (and the Saudi King, and….): Call Oprah!

The fact that American “lawmakers” are busy passing bills that they haven’t read seems to go hand in glove with a White House that hasn’t thought through the implications of many things.  The Obama Bow to the Saudi King smacks of obeisance; defined as “bending the head or body or knee as a sign of reverence or submission or shame;” or “the act of obeying; dutiful or submissive behavior with respect to another person.”

The President of the United States Barack Obama greets King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.

The President of the United States Barack Obama greets King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. Photo: Getty Images

Is this what the White House wanted?  It is what they got.

The Brit Prime Minister got movies on CD from the President of the United States: not a very symbolic gift.  One was “Star Wars.”  And nobody in the White House even checked to see if these CDs can be watched in the UK (they use different digital formatting: the CDs given by Obama are “blank” on UK machines).

Don’t forget, many Presidents of the United States do their work in the Oval Office on the “Resolute Desk” which is made from the timbers of a Royal Navy Warship.  That’s symbolism.

JFK among otheres used the “Resolute Desk” — a gift from the UK.  Obama returned one gift from the UK: A Statue of Sir Winston Churchill.

The president gave the Queen of England an IPod — made in China.

The Secretary of State in this Obama Administration gave her Russian counterpart a giant red button which was supposed to be marked “reset.”  But the word was not spelled correctly or was just flat out the wrong word.  Besides:  to most Russians a giant red button is for launching nuclear weapons…..

So what are we resetting to with Russia?  Ask Joe Biden: it was his idea apparently to make the ‘reset” button.  Joe “Advisor to Many Presidents” Biden should have asked the staff to discuss with him how Vladimir Putin might reset — back to his KGB roots?
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The Obama lexicon: What “transparency,” “investment,” “close Gitmo,” “eliminate tribunals” really mean

May 16, 2009

Well, the two-fold campaign promise to end military tribunals and close Gitmo isn’t really broken, it is just revised, don’t ya know…..

Nancy Pelosi isn’t a Crazy Loon, she’s just a free thinker….

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Obama Breaks (Another) Major Campaign Promise

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By David Harsanyi
The Denver Post

Washington has always been a thermonuclear cliche generator. But the Obama administration, with all its super smarts, has taken the exploitation of the euphemism to spectacular new heights.

This week, we learned a bit more about what words like “sacrifice” (do what we want, you filthy, unpatriotic swine), “era of responsibility” (double the “sacrifice,” half the prosperity), and “investments” (we squander money so you don’t have to) really mean.

“Transparency” is when Barack Obama promises that the enterprising citizen will be able to track “every dime” of the $787 billion forever-government stimulus bill via a nifty website called Recovery.gov (sic).

Reality is when that much-heralded site won’t be complete until next spring, when half the stimulus money will have been wasted and, well, it probably won’t be especially helpful.

Earl Devaney, the chairman of the “Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board” — who, to absolutely no one’s surprise, admitted this week that fraud is a distinct possibility — claims the site won’t be ready for five months because there isn’t enough data storage capacity to hold it all.

“Stimulus”: Too big for cyberspace.

In the “new era of responsibility,” Obama vowed during his campaign that his administration would scrupulously pore over the federal budget “line by line” to extract savings, eradicate waste and find inefficiencies.

After teeing up a record- breaking $3.4 trillion budget — on top of bailouts, deficits, stimulus packages and other goodies for special friends — we know that’s bunk.

But watching Obama engage in his act of false heroics this week — claiming that “we” were going to make tough budget cuts by trimming programs no one in this galaxy cares about in an effort to slice a subatomic fraction from the budget that no one will notice — well, that was a special treat.

When it comes to “investments,” the general idea is this: Every unproductive and superfluous job or project that an army of pencil-pushers and special interest groups have conjured up needs someone to fund it. And since you won’t do it voluntarily, the administration will do it for you in the name of “community.”

Read the rest:
http://www.denverpost.com/harsanyi/ci_12320748

Obama Breaks (Another) Major Campaign Promise

May 16, 2009

“President Obama is reinstating the same deeply-flawed military commissions that in June 2008 he called an ‘enormous failure.’ In one swift move, Obama both backtracks on a major campaign promise to change the way the United States fights terrorism and undermines the nation’s core respect for the rule of law by sacrificing due process for political expediency.

 From Amnesty International

“Whatever revisions the Obama administration has made to the commissions do not change the fact that the commissions do not provide an adequate standard of justice for the detainees nor the victims of terrorism — they merely mock the U.S. Constitution, international laws and undermine fundamental human rights standards.

“What happened to President Obama’s confidence in the U.S. justice system’s ability to try detainees? He himself said that ‘we need not throw away 200 years of American jurisprudence while we fight terrorism.’

“U.S. federal courts are a perfectly sound system to try any and all detainees. They have brought other terror suspects to justice, and there is no reason why these courts cannot continue to do the same.”

President Obama is reinstating the same deeply-flawed military commissions that in June 2008 he called an ‘enormous failure.’ In one swift move, Obama both backtracks on a major campaign promise to change the way the United States fights terrorism and undermines the nation’s core respect for the rule of law by sacrificing due process for political expediency.

“Whatever revisions the Obama administration has made to the commissions do not change the fact that the commissions do not provide an adequate standard of justice for the detainees nor the victims of terrorism — they merely mock the U.S. Constitution, international laws and undermine fundamental human rights standards.

“What happened to President Obama’s confidence in the U.S. justice system’s ability to try detainees? He himself said that ‘we need not throw away 200 years of American jurisprudence while we fight terrorism.’

“U.S. federal courts are a perfectly sound system to try any and all detainees. They have brought other terror suspects to justice, and there is no reason why these courts cannot continue to do the same.”

http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?
id=prnw.20090515.DC17891&show_article=1

Pelosi’s “Unforced Error” a Gift to Republicans?

May 16, 2009

The furor over House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s accusations against the Central Intelligence Agency serves a purpose beyond finding out how the United States came to embrace torture. The San Francisco Democrat, deeply partisan and often ridiculed, offers Republicans their best shot yet at blocking a popular president whose poll numbers have so far defied gravity.

By Carolyn Lochhead
San Francisco Chronicle

The uproar comes just as President Obama is heading into a transformative fight over health care, with Pelosi as his chief lieutenant. It also finds Obama suddenly playing defense on terror issues, reversing himself on releasing detainee photos and on ending military commissions, even as his CIA director, Leon Panetta, sought to calm enraged employees.

Ironically, the controversy has come down to a credibility test pitting Pelosi, whose modus operandi has never been known to include lying, against the Central Intelligence Agency, an institution deeply damaged by the use of flawed intelligence to invade Iraq and now on the defensive for its use of torture.

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http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f
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Pelosi in a Pickle

May 16, 2009

CIA Director Leon Panetta yesterday let House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a fellow Democrat, have it with both barrels.

Without naming his one-time House colleague — who, a day earlier, had charged that Panetta’s agency “mislead[s] us all the time” — the CIA chief sent an agency-wide memo citing “the long tradition in Washington of making political hay out of our business.”

New York Post Editorial

As for Pelosi’s accusation that the agency lied about what she’d been told in 2002 about waterboarding, Panetta said:

“It is not our policy or practice to mislead Congress . . . CIA officers briefed truthfully on the interrogation of Abu Zubaydah, describing ‘the enhanced techniques that had been employed.’ ”

Over at the White House, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs pointedly declined an opportunity to defend Pelosi, citing President Obama’s call to “look forward.”

Take that, Nancy.

Actually, Washington has never seen anything like Pelosi’s ever-shifting tales of what she’d been told of CIA interrogation techniques. Even Richard Nixon didn’t have this much trouble explaining what he knew and when he knew it.

The issue, of course, is that if Pelosi knew that waterboarding — which she now sanctimoniously describes as an illegal “torture” technique — was on the CIA’s list of practices at Gitmo, why didn’t she raise a ruckus at the time?

To which Pelosi says: “No letter could [have changed] that policy.” Instead, she says, she focused on “chang[ing] the leadership in Congress and the White House. That was my job.”

But now she seems to want anyone in the Bush administration who even uttered the word locked up.

Pelosi wouldn’t be in such trouble if she’d just acknowledge that she didn’t object to waterboarding because, in the aftermath of 9/11, protecting America was Job One — and Washington didn’t care what it took to get the job done.

As New York’s Sen. Chuck Schumer told a Senate hearing in 2004:

“I think there are probably very few people in this room or in America who would say that torture should never, ever be used, particularly if thousands of lives are at stake.”

“It’s easy to sit back in the armchair and say that torture can never be used,” he added. “But when you’re in the foxhole, it’s a very different deal.”

Panetta, though, had the wisest response to to Pelosi’s charges: “We have too much work to do,” he told his staff yesterday, “to be distracted from our job of protecting the country.

Democrats’ risky focus on torture

May 16, 2009

Barack Obama warned Democrats in Congress against making a partisan cause out of the Bush administration‘s harsh interrogation tactics.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is ignoring him — loudly — and the party, from the president on down, may pay the price.

So far, it’s Pelosi who’s suffered the greatest harm.

It may never be resolved exactly when she first learned that waterboarding had been used against terror suspects — in 2002 when she was the senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee or five months later after she became her party’s leader.

But the Democrats’ claim to the moral high ground on the issue has been blemished by her explanation this week that in early 2003 she shifted her attention to winning political control of the House and didn’t wage a protest against what she now calls torture.

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By LARRY MARGASAK, Associated Press Writer
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PelosiTruthGate: Did CIA Lie About Torture To Congress? Time To Find Out Or Fire Pelosi

May 15, 2009

If the Central Intelligence Agency, the nations top intelligence collection agency, is or has been lying the Congress, that is one of the most serious dangers in our democracy.

If the Congress is not fulfilling its role in “oversight” and “checks and balances” that is an equally serious allegation.

And if the Speaker of the House, any Speaker of the House, is lying about such a serious national security matter, that Speaker needs to step down.

This is now a new Watergate. PelosiTruthGate.

If the CIA lied about torture, did it lie about the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq?  Did we go to war based upon a lie?

This is serious stuff.  Nothing could be more serious.

We need to get to the bottom of this.

It’s now that simple.

The New York Times buried this story on page A18 today: which removes this organization from the realm of honest journalism.

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Meanwhile, the Washington Post, to its credit, has prepared a special editorial on the CIA-Pelosi-Truth affair, which is on the Internet now and will appear in print on Saturday.

This is a big issue and a big story, and even the White House is hoping it will (and trying to make it) go away.

Which means we have even more reason to get to the bottom of this serious issue…..

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White House Works To Bury Pelosi-CIA Story, New York Times Complies
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NYT: Pelosi Accusations of CIA Lying on Page A18; Wash Post Makes Special Editorial; White House Dodges Questions
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Panetta: CIA “briefed truthfully on the interrogation of Abu Zubaydah, describing ‘the enhanced techniques’” to Congress
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Gingrich On Pelosi: ‘Lied,’ ‘Despicable,’ ‘Dishonest,’ ‘Vicious,’ “Incompetent”

http://hotair.com/archives/2009/05/
15/rush-to-pelosi-its-time-to-go/

White House Works To Bury Pelosi-CIA Story, New York Times Complies

May 15, 2009

FOX News’ Major Garrett was the first and only reporter to ask Press Secretary Robert Gibbs what the White House’s reaction is to Nancy Pelosi’s accusation that the C.I.A. lied to her. Gibbs said President Obama is “keeping the American people safe by looking forward.” Garrett reminded Gibbs this is a serious matter, leading Gibbs to respond that he will not “R.S.V.P” to get involved.  See Video:
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2009/05
/15/white_house_dodges_question_about_pelosi.html

Here’s Why We Doubt the Integrity of NYT: Pelosi Accusations of CIA Lying on Page A18; Wash Post Makes Special Editorial
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PelosiTruthGate: Did CIA Lie About Torture To Congress? Time To Find Out Or Fire Pelosi

Sen. Kit Bond Offers Pelosi Lie Detector; Speaker Praises CIA; Bond Promises Inquest

http://hotair.com/archives/2009/05/1
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. gestures during a news ...

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NYT: Pelosi Accusations of CIA Lying on Page A18; Wash Post Makes Special Editorial; White House Dodges Questions
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Panetta: CIA “briefed truthfully on the interrogation of Abu Zubaydah, describing ‘the enhanced techniques’” to Congress

Leon Panetta 
Above: Leon Panetta.  Photo by AP

Developing…….

Obama Was Against Military Tribunals Before He Was For Them

May 15, 2009

And Gitmo will be open a lot longer than promised too….

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WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama on Friday restarted a Bush-era military trial system for a small number of Guantanamo detainees, reviving a method of prosecution he once assailed as flawed but with new legal protections for terror suspects.

In a three-paragraph White House statement, Obama announced the decision that already has drawn criticism from liberal groups, arguing that it will ensure a legitimate forum to prosecute alleged terrorists being held at the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

“This is the best way to protect our country, while upholding our deeply held values,” the president said in a statement.

Obama had criticized the system established by President George W. Bush, and in his statement, he said it had only succeeded in prosecuting three suspected terrorist in more than seven years.

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Gingrich On Pelosi: ‘Lied,’ ‘Despicable,’ ‘Dishonest,’ ‘Vicious,’ “Incompetent”

May 15, 2009

In an interview with ABC News Radio’s Marcus Wilson, Gingrich, R-Ga., said Pelosi, D-Calif., “has lied to the House” in claiming that she was never briefed by the CIA about the Bush administration’s use of waterboarding and other harsh tactics.

“I think she has lied to the House, and I think that the House has an absolute obligation to open an inquiry, and I hope there will be a resolution to investigate her. And I think this is a big deal.  I don’t think the Speaker of the House can lie to the country on national security matters,” Gingrich said.

He continued: “I think this is the most despicable, dishonest and vicious political effort I’ve seen in my lifetime.”

“She is a trivial politician, viciously using partisanship for the narrowist of purposes, and she dishonors the Congress by her behavior.”

“Speaker Pelosi’s the big loser, because she either comes across as incompetent, or dishonest.  Those are the only two defenses,” Gingrich said. “The fact is she either didn’t do her job, or she did do her job and she’s now afraid to tell the truth.”

Read it all:
http://blogs.abcnews.com/thenote/2009/05/gingrich-pelosi.html