Thursday, July 17, 2008

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Lieberman Nails Obama

As seen at The Corner:

" Senator Obama this morning said that he wants a foreign policy that is “tough, smart, and principled.” This afternoon, I ask: was it tough when Senator Obama voted to order U.S. forces to retreat from Iraq on a fixed timeline—regardless of the recommendations of our military commanders, regardless of conditions on the ground? Was it smart when Senator Obama opposed the surge and predicted that it would fail to improve security? Was it principled when Senator Obama said that he would order U.S. troops to retreat from Iraq, regardless of the humanitarian consequences for millions of innocent Iraqis—even genocide? Was it tough and principled when Senator Obama said he would be open to changing his plan for Iraq after going there and talking to General Petraeus—only to change that position a few hours later after being heatedly criticized by organizations like Moveon.org? I say respectfully, the answer to all of those questions is no."

" Senator Obama also said this morning that he wants a foreign policy that recognizes that we have interests “not just in Baghdad, but in Kandahar and Karachi and Tokyo and London.” But what Senator Obama does not seem to recognize is that—in an interdependent world—what happens in Baghdad affects our interests in Kandahar and Karachi and Tokyo and London. What Senator Obama does not seem to understand is that—had we taken the course he had counseled and retreated from Iraq—the United States would have suffered a catastrophic defeat that would have left America and our allies less safe not just in Baghdad, but in Kandahar and Karachi and Tokyo and London."

Obama Vs. Reality

I have been waiting for a while for someone to sum up my frustration with the Obama campaign. Thomas Sowell's Are Facts Obsolete? comes close. Change for change's sake? Really? Raise taxes? Attack business? Attack friends and trading partners? Go after the "rich"? I keep waiting for someone to call him on this nonsense or confront him with reality. It hasn't happened yet. Maybe there is still time.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Have a Conservative Independence Day

From Calvin Coolidge:
"About the Declaration there is a finality that is exceedingly restful. It is often asserted that the world has made a great deal of progress since 1776, that we have had new thoughts and new experiences which have given us a great advance over the people of that day, and that we may therefore very well discard their conclusions for something more modern. But that reasoning can not be applied to this great charter. If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final. If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final. No advance, no progress can be made beyond these propositions. If anyone wishes to deny their truth or their soundness, the only direction in which he can proceed historically is not forward, but backward toward the time when there was no equality, no rights of the individual, no rule of the people. Those who wish to proceed in that direction can not lay claim to progress. They are reactionary. Their ideas are not more modern, but more ancient, than those of the Revolutionary fathers."

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

GOP senator: McCain roughed up Nicaraguan

I know this is supposed to make me like McCain less, but somehow it doesn't. First, the charge is coming from Thad Chochran of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Second, it might not be true. Third, if it is true, who cares? Fourth, if it is true, maybe that Communist deserved it (or worse).

Shucks. McCain denies the story.