Tag Archives: Barack Obama

“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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War on whistleblowers, Part 321

The Obama adminstration’s war on whistleblowers continues: A new pre-publication review policy for the Office of Director of National Intelligence says current and former employees and contractors may not cite news reports based on leaks in their speeches, opinion articles, … Continue reading

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An intelligence failure in every sense of the first word

A faulty O-meter is responsible for my not writing much about the latest grounds for Barack Hussein Obama’s impeachment known as Benghazi. Jon Stewart came up with the outrage meter, a device or orifice installed in Republican legislators after 2008 … Continue reading

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Midterms: “Raise the dollars and secure the volunteer commitments”

Goodness me – the millennials are sick of politics (thanks, Ron Fournier; you just earned yourself a slot on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos”). A long articleby Sasha Issenberg is getting attention, detailing the ways in which midterm elections have … Continue reading

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“Narratives feed on themselves, and there was a time when Obamacare just kept losing.”

The conventional wisdom keeps being conventional. Now that the Affordable Care Act looks like it won’t collapse, the headlines have changed: Narratives feed on themselves, and there was a time when Obamacare just kept losing. HealthCare.gov didn’t work. That made … Continue reading

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The evolution of Barack Obama

One of the more amusing bits about political journalism in the last five years since the world went mad over the election of a black centrist as president is watching reporters do all they can to avoid winking and elbowing … Continue reading

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