Tag Archives: Barack Obama

“Leading a coalition into a mendacious and unnecessary war in 2003 is precisely why we have no prestige in 2014″

Jeffrey Frank on Barack Hussein Obama’s foreign policy: More than sixty-five years ago, in the early days of the Cold War, Walter Lippmann wrote a series of columns that took aim at the policy of global “containment”—the George Kennan formulation … Continue reading

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“Words can hardly describe this horrifying act of violence”

I’ve read grumbling at the usual joints that Barack Hussein Obama hasn’t followed John McCain’s advice and done what Ronald Reagan did when, well, any horror confronted the United States. Andrew Rudalevige saved me the trouble of making the analogy … Continue reading

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“Equal rights for gay people!”

Cool exchange, dude: Daniel Rugg Webb, a 32-year-old cashier at Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Texas, had been hearing the rumor all day on Thursday: President Obama was stopping by. He and his co-workers didn’t give much credence to the idea—that … Continue reading

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The optics of optics

This week’s GOP talking point, taken up by craven Democrats and those Texan and Hispanic ones who fear a political price, is that Barack Husein Obama needs to visit “the border.” Apart from dominating the news cycle exactly one evening, … Continue reading

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Democratic polling: income inequality does not register with the American public and risks accusations of class warfare.

Great. With this approach the Democrats will keep the White House in 2016: After making fighting income inequality an early focus of his second term, President Obama has largely abandoned talk of the subject this election year in a move … Continue reading

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“The U.S. has supposedly been “helping” Iraqis for the last 11 years in one way or another, and the results have been atrocious”

The Guardian compiles what it knows and has reported about the Islamic State in Iraq, the latest jihadist organization whose power has persuaded Bill Kristol and John McCain and Lindsey Graham that we better go to war, tonight if necessary. … Continue reading

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“I think that there is a general sense of apathy about Iraq”

Depressing: No one pressed for answers about how many U.S. weapons supplied to the Iraqi forces had ended up in insurgents’ hands as Iraqi forces shed their uniforms and fled their posts. Or what the fate will be of the … Continue reading

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Response to Obama White House call to cut carbon emissions: “a really nice example of smarter regulation”

So the president’s current posture on cutting carbon emissions is serious enough to warrant story longer than a brief in the WaPo: The proposal, which would cut 500 million metric tons of carbon dioxide annually by 2030, ranks as one … Continue reading

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If there were no Barack Obama, Barack Obama would dream of him

Published two months ago but coming to my attention this evening, this David Bromwich dissection of Barack Hussein Obama’s conception of the presidency indulges in the speculative psychology that partisans can treat like a loaded weapon in the same room … Continue reading

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“We have learned that the intelligence community will drive a truck through that ambiguity”

The surveillance bill that the House approved yesterday looked like a victory for the coalition of conservatives who hate Barack Hussein Obama, presidential aspirants, and liberals who believe in protecting civil liberties. But a line from Pulp Fiction comes to … Continue reading

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“These elite pundits practice their own sort of intransigent ideology”

David Brooks and Ron Fournier, two Deeply Serious pundits, have problems with democracy because Barack Husein Obama can’t get legislation passed. It’s the same moderate gruel, and it fools no voters. The more you’re like your oppostion, the more likely … Continue reading

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“Voting blocs critical to Democrats in recent elections are not yet feeling the benefits” of recovery

Cynicism requires Democrats to stress inequality to keep dissatisfied voting blocs together. But this is ridiculous: Though broad measures of the economy are showing signs of improvement, a closer look at important indicators among individual groups reveals that voting blocs … Continue reading

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