Obama Hates Women

In The Shame Of The Democratic Left, Part I we wrote:

The misogyny, sexism and gay-bashing by Democrats that occurred in the 2008 election cycle is an open sore that will not heal. The leadership of the Democratic Left increasingly proved itself to be a misogynistic and anti-gay coalition. The words are “progressive”. The actions contradict the words. We know actions speak louder than words.

Actions do speak louder than words but we also remember some of the words. Obama in New Hampshire insulting Hillary in a nationally televised debate with the words “You’re likable enough, Hillary” or the “sweetie” remarks or the criticisms by Hillary that Obama noted came “monthly”.

We also recall the words of once respectable writers like Hendrik Hertzberg who wrote that race oppression was worse than gender oppression. That was Hertzberg’s way to pump up Obama at the expense of Hillary. Race might be worse than gender-based oppression if you ignore the daily humiliations and subjugations women are subject to. African-American women know oppression from both sides which is why so many African-American women fought, and fight, so vigorously for Hillary.

African-American women get abused by men of all races including their own. We quoted Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm’s statement:

“I’ve always met more discrimination being a woman than being Black,” she said. “When I ran for the Congress, when I ran for president, I met more discrimination as a woman than for being Black. Men are men.”

In The Craigslist Killer and Barack Obama we discussed violence against women and quoted John Lennon – “Woman is the slave to the slave.”

Lately more evidence for Hertzberg to consider when next he weighs oppressions. As we wrote:

Males like Hertzberg, once respected by us as deeper thinkers than they proved to be, “belittle the oppressions of gender” with their gimmick of ignoring rape and battered women, including the supposedly loved wives battered by their husbands (or girlfriend/boyfriend violence). Struggles for the still NOT ratified Equal Rights Amendment do not enter into the Hertzberg equation. The struggles to get the right to vote, the right to “male” jobs, the right to serve fully in the most prestigious levels of the military, the everyday indignities of losing jobs to less qualified males – all are ignored.

The latest evidence of the ignored oppressions comes from California:

Investigators say as many as 20 people were involved in or stood and watched the gang rape of a 15-year-old girl outside a California high school homecoming dance Saturday night.

Police posted a $20,000 reward Tuesday for anyone who comes to them with information that helps arrest and convict those involved in what authorities describe as a 2½-hour assault on the Richmond High School campus in suburban San Francisco.

Two teenage suspects have been jailed, but more arrests, as many as 20 total, are expected, according to a police detective. [snip]

As many as 10 people were involved in the assault in a dimly lighted back alley at the school, while another 10 people watched without calling 911 to report it, police said.

The assaulted girl was “found unconscious under a bench shortly before midnight Saturday”. The girl is in critical condition. “[S]he was raped by at least four suspects committing multiple sex act.”

Recently Obama praised Congressman Alan Grayson. The same Grayson who later exposed his misogyny and anger at a woman who might know more than he about economics.

You can hear Grayson making the comment about the Bernanke adviser, who is named Linda Robertson, here. “This lobbyist, this K street whore, is trying to teach me about economics,” he said.

Grayson has been widely criticized for his comment, as Politico and the Associated Press report. Republican Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said Grayson is “out of control,” while Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner asked, “Is this news to you that this guy’s one fry short of a Happy Meal?”

“Alan Grayson’s latest comments are disgraceful, inappropriate and disrespectful to women,” RNC Co-Chairman Jan Larimer said, calling on Grayson to issue an apology.

That seems unlikely to happen. Todd Jurkowski, Grayson’s spokesman, sent an email to Hotsheet standing by the comment and further criticizing Robertson.

Did we ever imagine a day when Republicans are (even if for political reasons) the party attacking misogyny? Grayson eventually was forced to issue a sort of apology and acknowledge he used “a term that is often, and correctly, seen as disrespectful of women.”

Grayson is a member of Obama’s woman hating frat house.

Does the White House feel like a frat house?

The suspicion flared in recent weeks — and not for the first time — after President Obama was criticized by women’s advocates and liberal bloggers for hosting a high-level basketball game with no female players.

The president, after all, is an unabashed First Guy’s Guy. Since being elected, he has demonstrated an encyclopedic knowledge of college hoops on ESPN, indulged a craving for weekend golf, expressed a preference for adopting a “big rambunctious dog” over a “girlie dog” and hoisted beer in a peacemaking effort.

He presides over a White House rife with fist-bumping young men who call each other “dude” and testosterone-brimming personalities like Rahm Emanuel, the often-profane chief of staff; Lawrence Summers, the brash economic adviser; and Robert Gibbs, the press secretary, who habitually speaks in sports metaphors.

The technical foul over the all-male game has become a nagging concern for a White House that has battled an impression dating to the presidential campaign that Mr. Obama’s closest advisers form a boys’ club and that he is too frequently in the company of only men — not just when playing sports, but also when making big decisions.

Obama fluffs his frat house antics and flaccidly rebuts the “beef” as “bunk” Obama, like Grayson belongs in a cheap community college frat house not the people’s house:

One Democratic media strategist says that while Mr. Obama does place women in important roles, his comfort level with staff members is not always perceived as equal.

“There is a sense that Obama has a certain jocular familiarity with the men that he doesn’t have with the women,” said Tracy Sefl, an adviser to Mrs. Clinton’s presidential campaign who speaks regularly to some female aides in the administration.

Bonnie Erbe of U.S. News wrote that Obama Is Not Comfortable With Women In Basketball, Golf, or Anywhere Else:

President Obama drew heat last week for a story that surfaced outing his private White House male-only b-ball games. The story was that even though two female members of his cabinet were members of their college basketball teams, they were excluded, as were all women, from this most private of male-only clubs. The story became a metaphor for how the president views women generally and threatened to reveal some inconvenient truths about the man.

Erbe notes that Obama was forced to drag the African-American “chief domestic policy adviser Melody Barnes to the golf course on Sunday, and she became the first female to join his golf foursome since he took office.” Maybe it’s white women Obama has a problem with but we suspect it is all women. Or maybe it’s a mother thing?

Erbe also thinks there is something deeper to the woman hate from Obama:

I still wouldn’t believe he’s any more comfortable dealing with women or concerned about “women’s” issues than the dearly departed former Sen. Jesse Helms. President Obama talks the talk a lot better and a lot louder than Helms. But Jesse Helms was so rooted in his atavist traditions, he chose to remain true to his misogyny rather than pose for cameras with faux female golfing partners. President Obama must hide the side of his personality that is clearly uncomfortable with women because he needs their votes much more than Helms ever did.

Whether it was his treatment of Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail (as in his condescending remark that she was “likeable enough”) or his clearly career-oriented mate who has been toned down and remorphed into a Stepford Wife, I just don’t get the impression this man is comfortable with women. Nor do I believe he cares about them beyond needing women’s votes. It’s an act and a thoroughly see-through, amateur one at that.

Jut Jaw

It’s an act for votes.

Obama hates women. Especially strong women. Especially women with experience who are ready on Day 1.

Obama loves lobbyists. Obama hates women.


64 thoughts on “Obama Hates Women

  1. Obama is a misogynist through and through. His contempt for Hillary was a microcosm of his views towards women collectively. His wife is very unfeminine (see her arms) and you can tell they can’t really stand each other either. She dislikes him b/c he is part white, and he despises her because she is a woman.

  2. Admin,

    I’m glad you wrote on this very distressing topic. That rape and the very idea that people just watched and did nothing to help that poor girl just makes me sick.

    I’m also wondering if it is just obama who isn’t comfortable with women or if it is also meme keeping a tight rein on him.

  3. jbstonesfan,

    Apparently meme is on the cover of I think it’s “Glamour” but I could be wrong. And she is giving dating/relationship advice.

    What a joke.

  4. Sad but true post, Admin.

    I am so disgusted by what has happened to women in this country. I am so glad I am far away now from the big cities and liberal bastions where at least there was at one time a correctically incorrect imperative preventing some of what’s now come out from under the rock. We are sliding backwards as women, as people, as citizens. It is unbeleivable this is happening.

    That poor young girl. I once ran to a neighbor’s house whe my ex threatened to kill my dog – asking for help – and he just stared me straight in the face and said he didn’t want to get involved. Thank goddess my little dog survived but the blatant male bonding against women in this country was so jarring – that was many years ago – I thought things had improved. how wrong I was. 🙁

  5. admin, great post! How horrible that people actually watched and did nothing to help the poor girl!

    I just quoted the John Lennon quote to my daughter that was beaten everyday by her husband, she agreed. Although she is sick right now, she is doing very well now and is getting her life back in order. Family violence is on the rise again, it always does as economy goes down.

    Well, I won’t say I would not vote for the Obama/Clinton ticket, it depends on how things work out, like cap and trade, whether the kyoto protocol is signed and whether he gets off his butt and sends the troops to Afganistan. He also needs to be more truthful about where he is from.

    Judge dismisses California eligibility challenge
    Plaintiffs promise appeal of ruling protecting Obama

    Posted: October 29, 2009
    2:02 pm Eastern

    By Bob Unruh
    © 2009 WorldNetDaily

    A California judge has dismissed a complaint challenging President Obama’s eligibility to be president citing the “birth certificate from the state of Hawaii” that apparently refers to an Internet image of a “Certification of Live Birth” released during Obama’s campaign.

    The ruling came this morning from Judge David Carter who as WND reported last night apparently recently hired a law clerk out of the law firm that has been paid nearly $1.7 million to defend Obama from such eligibility challenges.

    A Wikipedia page has been cited by dozens of bloggers after it listed Siddarth Velamoor as one of the newest law clerks for Carter – who today released his ruling dismissing the complaint in the Barnett v. Obama case in the Central District, Southern Division Court in Santa Ana, Calif.

    Velamoor is also listed in the Martindale lawyer database as an associate of international law firm Perkins Coie, the same law firm of Robert Bauer – top lawyer for Obama, Obama’s presidential campaign, the Democratic National Committee and Obama’s Organizing for America – and the same Washington, D.C., lawyer who defended President Obama in lawsuits challenging his eligibility to be president.

    As WND has reported, Federal Election Commission records for “Obama for America” show that the lobby organization has paid Perkins Coie exactly $1,666,397.01 since the 2008 election.

    (Story continues below)


  7. I heard a news report today that the rape victim had been released from the hospital….that physically, she was healing. As for the emotional damage….that could last a lifetime.

    No surprise on the birth certificate case. The money and pressure to shut this down are huge. What hope is there? I still believe that this issue may be his undoing and that he will be exposed as a liar and fraud before the next election.

  8. Nothing is going to happen on the birth certificate front. An announcement of his birth was published by the Department of Vital Records, 8 days after he was born, in the Honolulu newspaper of record. He was born in Hawaii on the date that he says he was.

  9. Clinton pledges $289.5m for four sectors

    ISLAMABAD: During a meeting with Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pledged $289.5 million support in four different sectors.

    According to a press release issued by the US embassy on Thursday, the four sectors included law enforcement and border security programmes which would receive $103.5 million, the Benazir Income Support Programme would get $85 million, $56 million for the rehabilitation of displaced persons and the Higher Education Commission would receive $45 million.

    Clinton also announced the delivery of five additional Huey II helicopters to the Air Wing of the Ministry of Interior and a new funding for operations and maintenance support for the expanded fleet.


  10. Clinton visits Bari Imam shrine

    ISLAMABAD: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited shrine of saint Bari Imam Thursday morning.
    Interior Minister Rehman Malik accompanied Clinton.

    On arrival, children presented the US state secretary bouquet. She later laid floral wreath on the saint’s grave and distributed food among devotees.

    Clinton was briefed on Bari Imam’s life and contributions for the spread of Islam in the region. The briefing also covered the shrine’s history and the construction of Bari Imam Complex.

    The US state secretary said on the occasion that she loved Pakistani culture and civilization. She said shrine of Bari Imam was worth-visiting place.


  11. confloyd, Glad to hear your daughter is doing better. My prayers are with her.

    Also, I’m actually relieved Hillary isn’t VP, no matter what Obama’s motivation was for not choosing her. She’s a brilliant SoS, whereas Biden’s favorability rating is 20-some points below hers.

  12. Will governors elections render judgment on Obama?

    Thu Oct 29, 2009

    * Republican governor candidate leads in Virginia
    * Close race in New Jersey
    * Both sides debate elections’ impact on Obama

    By Steve Holland

    WASHINGTON, Oct 29 (Reuters) – Republicans and Democrats are debating whether voting next Tuesday in Virginia and New Jersey governor’s races will render a first judgment on President Barack Obama.

    Republicans, looking ahead to 2010 congressional elections, hope the races will show they have signs of life as they try to claw back from devastating 2006 and 2008 losses.

    Democrats, attempting to keep Republicans in a deep political hole, have doubts that the results from two states will tell much at all about the mood of the country.

    Analysts say the results could provide some clues about Obama’s standing among Americans.

    In Virginia, which Obama won in 2008 to become the first the first Democratic presidential candidate to carry the state since 1964, Republican Bob McDonnell leads Democrat Creigh Deeds by double digits in the polls. He is widely considered a shoo-in in Tuesday voting.

    In heavily Democratic New Jersey, incumbent Democratic Governor Jon Corzine has righted the ship and holds a narrow lead in the polls and may squeak out a victory over Republican Chris Christie, depending on how many votes independent candidate Chris Daggett pulls from Christie.

    A wild-card race is under way in New York’s 23rd district for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman, endorsed by former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, is running close with Democrat Bill Owens while Republican Dede Scozzafava trails.

    Political analysts are trying to determine what the outcome will mean for the national picture and what, if anything, can be said about Obama, who is struggling to revive U.S. job growth, get a U.S. healthcare overhaul through Congress and manage wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Democrats have held Virginia’s governor’s seat for eight years and Larry Sabato, a political scientist at the University of Virginia, said a Republican victory in the state would be significant for the party.

    Obama traveled to Virginia twice to campaign for Deeds but, in general, Democrats have not been able to come even close to generating the same type of enthusiasm among voters that Obama received a year ago.

    “Obama is a factor here,” Sabato said. “He’s energizing Republicans and the turnout is going to be heavily Republican. The Democrats just aren’t showing up.”

    Dave Wasserman, a political analyst at the non-partisan Cook Political Report, said at this point it appears the races show that without Obama specifically on the ballot, Democrats do not do as well. In Virginia in particular, he said, the turnout is likely to be “whiter and older” than in 2008. “But the question of just how much that is the case will tell us something about what Democrats need to do in 2010,” he said.

    Republicans are pursuing a strategy to try to tie Obama’s spending policies and healthcare overhaul proposals to the election outcome. Veteran Republican operative Karl Rove wrote in The Wall Street Journal on Thursday that a Republican victory in either Virginia or New Jersey would tell Democratic politicians in Republican-leaning states that “support for Obama’s policies is risky to their political health.”

    The White House dismisses the argument that Obama is essentially on the ballot in Virginia, saying McDonnell has outspent Deeds and that the state hardly has a history of voting Democratic. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs pointed to a poll in The Washington Post this week that said 70 percent of Virginians surveyed did not intend that their vote be a judgment on Obama, one way or the other.

    Democratic strategist Doug Schoen said he considered the key race to be the one in New Jersey because Obama won that state by 16 points in 2008. Obama has campaigned twice for Corzine and goes back on Sunday. “If the Democrats and Obama lose two elections, New Jersey and Virginia, then that would be a negative judgment on Obama,” Schoen said. “If the Democrats win New Jersey and lose Virginia, I would basically say, no harm, no foul.”


  13. Hillary tells the truth in Pakistan:


    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton expressed doubt Thursday over Pakistan’s failure to locate top al-Qaeda leaders in the eight years since they escaped over the border from Afghanistan, telling a group of Pakistani journalists that she found “it hard to believe that nobody in your government knows where they are and couldn’t get them if they really wanted to.”

    “So far as we know,” Clinton said, “they’re in Pakistan.”

    Clinton’s comments, the most direct public statement of a U.S. argument long made in private, came as she tried to balance assurances of strong economic and military support for Pakistan with reminders that the relationship is a “two-way street.”

    “If we are going to have a mature partnership where we work together,” Clinton said, “then there are issues that not just the United States, but others have with your government and your military establishment.”

    Clinton, who made her comments during a day-long trip to the eastern city of Lahore, later met with the country’s top military and intelligence officials.

  14. This a.m., I was listening to part of a Q & A that Secretary Clinton was having with university students. She sounded so strong, confident, knowledgeable, and informed when she answered their difficult and appropriate questions. I felt so proud of her. She did receive applause and I didn’t hear any boos from the audience. The students were very respectful of her and one student in particular, said that Secretary Clinton was an inspiration for her and many other women around the world. I wish I could have listened to the program in its entirety, but I had to go in to work. There is a lot of mistrust and doubt on the part of Pakistan, and there is much work to be done.

  15. It was all over the news tonight about the book on the election 08′. They said Hillary was not taken because Obama thought Bill would be in the way. How about now, he is meeting him for lunch for help and etc. The idiot should have known he needed Bill’s help. Bill Clinton had the most sucessful administration since the 50’s and the elites dismissed him because of Monica. They truly stupid.

    Why would they release this book NOW? Is there any one by Bill out soon??? What about what they said about big mouth Biden??

  16. Clinton’s Blunt Words


    Blunt yes. But how long is the U.S. supposed to let itself be walked on?

  17. DJA,

    The announcement came directly from the Department Vital Records and was issued as the public record. It is absolutely proof that he was born in Hawaii because the announcement could not have existed without a birth certificate being issued within four days of his birth. That is a fact. The announcement alone would be sufficient for Obama to replace his birth certificate should the Department of Vital Records perish in a nuclear attack – or something insane like that.

    Obama was born on a Saturday. By Wednesday, Hawaii’s Department of Vital Records had the copy of his birth certificate and had added his announcement to the public record for the week. By Friday, the lists were turned over to the local papers of record for official public announcements. Had it been a personal announcement, it would have been in a different section of the paper. That is also a fact. This was a official state announcement of his birth – just like the lists of deaths, marriages and divorces. That’s why it doesn’t have other information, like which hospital he was born in – that would be irrelevant to the official record.

    Obama isn’t showing you his birth certificate because he likes making his critics look like idiots.

    He’s the worst Democratic president since the 19th century but he was absolutely born in the US and you’re not going to get rid of him by claiming otherwise.

  18. basement angel
    October 29th, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    That entire issue is a complete distraction. There are many other things to go after him for than the bc.

  19. 100% correct birdgal. As Hillary’s popularity soars, Bills global initiative saves millions, Obama flounders. The media has in their arsenal hundreds of stories like this to release whenever BO needs a distraction or boost. A ruse / red herring to create anti Clinton sentiment and props for the fraud.

  20. Obama appoints Israel hater Hagel as advisor and sends Jones to support first “J” Street gala (1500 attendees) , a so called pro Israel group that is anything but….I wonder just how stupid we American Jews will be next election??? How any Jew can support this POTUS I will never understand.

  21. The Jim Lehrer Report will have an interview with Secretary Clinton tomorrow evening. Also, Clinton is going to Israel this weekend.

  22. JbStonesFan, here is more on J Street (the first article is from Matthew Yglesias who attended the J street meeting and is a supporter):


    I was debating with Jon Chait at a J Street panel this morning on the subject of “what does it mean to be pro-Israel?” As expected, we disagreed on a number of points, most of which I was right on and he was wrong on. But one thing he said in his opening remarks that I really disagreed with was that there was an ambiguity running through the J Street constituency as to whether the group was or should be pro-Israel at all.

    That just struck me as kind of nuts. My J Street button said “Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace.” It’s not a subtle aspect of the messaging. But when we moved to the Q&A time it became clear that a number of people in the audience really were quite uncomfortable self-defining as “pro-Israel” in any sense and that others are uncomfortable with the basic Zionist concept of a Jewish national state. I was, of course, aware that those views existed but it had seemed to me that it was clear that that wasn’t what J Street is there to advocate for. Apparently, though, it wasn’t clear to everyone.

    Which I think is interesting. Readers will know that I’m not a big fan of nationalism and I am a big fan of trans-national projects like the European Union and the United Nations. And it’s even true that I really kind of hope that hundreds of years from now there won’t be national states at all, instead we’ll all be lumped in with the Vulcans and the Andorians in a United Federation of Planets and off we’ll go. But there’s clearly no prospects for the abolition of the nation-state in the short-term. And the Jewish people’s claim to a nation-state is just as strong as the Finnish or Dutch or Thai claim. Or, for that matter, as the Palestinian claim. By far the best way to secure a just resolution of those conflicting claims is through a two-state solution—an independent Palestine, and a democratic Jewish Israel.

    I completely grasp the pull of radical cosmopolitan values, but I think people who think that the area west of the Jordan River would be a great place to try implementing them in the short-term are being a bit crazy. It’s not even clear that Belgium or Canada will be able to survive as bi-national entities.

    and there is also this:


    Antony Lerman falsely accuses me of calling for the “excommunication” of liberal lobby group J Street like the “Jewish apostates of the Middle Ages” who “fabricated blood libels”. I have never proposed denying freedom of expression to groups hostile to Israel. I do, however, challenge J Street’s duplicity in trying to masquerade as a Jewish mainstream “pro-Israel” organisation while consistently campaigning against the Jewish state. J Street represents a mere fringe group whose views are totally at variance with the attitude of the overwhelming majority of American Jews.

    J Street policies are even more extreme than the most radical Israeli leftwing groups. The fighting with Hamas in Gaza, which was endorsed by all Jewish political parties in the Knesset, was criticised by J Street as “counterproductive” and “disproportionate”. This, of itself, is no issue. What is unacceptable is the moral equivalency made by J Street between the policies of Israel and Hamas and its difficulty in distinguishing “between who is right and who is wrong”.

    It was recently disclosed that Arab and pro-Iranian elements were providing approximately 10% of J Street funding, a somewhat bizarre situation for a genuinely “pro-Israel” organisation. One donor and member of the organisation’s finance committee, Genevieve Lynch, participated in the National Iranian American Council, the unofficial lobby group for the Iranian government. Judith Barnett, a former registered agent for Saudi Arabia, is a donor and serves on the J Street advisory council. Nancy Dutton, until 2008 an attorney for the Saudi Arabian embassy, donates to J Street’s political action committees, which actively finance anti-Israeli congressional candidates.

    In summary, J Street displays a consistent track record of hostility towards Israel. One has yet to see a single statement backing Israel on any substantive issue. It vigorously lobbies the US government to be “tough” to exert pressure on Israel’s democratically elected government to make unilateral concessions. It opposes sanctions against Iran. It financially supports the election of anti-Israeli congressmen and raises the spectre of dual loyalties for American Jews who support Israel. In the process, it defames mainstream Jewish organisations, depicting them as extremists and misrepresents itself as a unique promoter of a “two-state policy” – despite the fact that a virtual consensus favouring this prevails among Israelis and diaspora Jews alike. It receives financial support and praise from foes of Israel. For an organisation of this nature to promote itself as “pro-Israel” is utterly preposterous.

    There is a lot more on this front group.

  23. “J” Street gala (1500 attendees) , a so called pro Israel group that is anything but”

    They give Israel a bad name. This group is so anti-Israel they reek with it.

  24. The Three Envelopes

    By Charles Krauthammer
    Friday, October 30, 2009

    Old Soviet joke:

    Moscow, 1953. Stalin calls in Khrushchev.

    “Niki, I’m dying. Don’t have much to leave you. Just three envelopes. Open them, one at a time, when you get into big trouble.”

    A few years later, first crisis. Khrushchev opens envelope 1: “Blame everything on me. Uncle Joe.”

    A few years later, a really big crisis. Opens envelope 2: “Blame everything on me. Again. Good luck, Uncle Joe.”

    Third crisis. Opens envelope 3: “Prepare three envelopes.”

    In the Barack Obama version, there are 50 or so such blame-Bush free passes before the gig is up. By my calculation, Obama has already burned through a good 49. Is there anything he hasn’t blamed George W. Bush for? The economy, global warming, the credit crisis, Middle East stalemate, the deficit, anti-Americanism abroad — everything but swine flu.

    It’s as if Obama’s presidency hasn’t really started. He’s still taking inventory of the Bush years. Just this Monday, he referred to “long years of drift” in Afghanistan in order to, I suppose, explain away his own, well, yearlong drift on Afghanistan.

    This compulsion to attack his predecessor is as stale as it is unseemly. Obama was elected a year ago. He became commander in chief two months later. He then solemnly announced his own “comprehensive new strategy” for Afghanistan seven months ago. And it was not an off-the-cuff decision. “My administration has heard from our military commanders, as well as our diplomats,” the president assured us. “We’ve consulted with the Afghan and Pakistani governments, with our partners and our NATO allies, and with other donors and international organizations” and “with members of Congress.”

    Obama is obviously unhappy with the path he himself chose in March. Fine. He has every right — indeed, duty — to reconsider. But what Obama is reacting to is the failure of his own strategy.

    There is nothing new here. The history of both the Afghanistan and Iraq wars is a considered readjustment of policies that have failed. In each war, quick initial low-casualty campaigns toppled enemy governments. In the subsequent occupation stage, two policy choices presented themselves: the light or heavy “footprint.”

    In both Iraq and Afghanistan, we initially chose the light footprint. For obvious reasons: less risk and fewer losses for our troops, while reducing the intrusiveness of the occupation and thus the chances of creating an anti-foreigner backlash that would fan an insurgency. This was the considered judgment of our commanders at the time, most especially Centcom commander (2003-2007) Gen. John Abizaid. And Abizaid was no stranger to the territory. He speaks Arabic and is a scholar of the region. The overriding idea was that the light footprint would minimize local opposition.

    It was a perfectly reasonable assumption, but it proved wrong. The strategy failed. Not just because the enemy proved highly resilient but because the allegiance of the population turned out to hinge far less on resentment of foreign intrusiveness (in fact the locals came to hate the insurgents — al-Qaeda in Iraq, the Taliban in Afghanistan — far more than us) than on physical insecurity, which made them side with the insurgents out of sheer fear. What they needed, argued Gen. David Petraeus against much Pentagon brass opposition, was population protection, i.e., a heavy footprint.

    In Iraq, the heavy footprint — also known as the surge — dramatically reversed the fortunes of war. In Afghanistan, where it took longer for the Taliban to regroup, the failure of the light footprint did not become evident until more recently, when an uneasy stalemate began to deteriorate into steady Taliban advances.

    That’s where we are now in Afghanistan. The logic of a true counterinsurgency strategy there is that whatever resentment a troop surge might occasion pales in comparison with the continued demoralization of any potential anti-Taliban elements unless they receive serious and immediate protection from U.S.-NATO forces.

    In other words, Obama is facing the same decision on Afghanistan that Bush faced in late 2006 in deciding to surge in Iraq. In both places, the deterioration of the military situation was not the result of “drift,” but of considered policies that seemed reasonable, cautious and culturally sensitive at the time but that ultimately turned out to be wrong.

    Which is evidently what Obama now thinks of the policy choice he made on March 27.

    He is to be commended for reconsidering. But it is time he acted like a president and decided. Afghanistan is his. He’s used up his envelopes.


  25. http://www.weeklystandard.com/weblogs/TWSFP/2009/10/njdc_chief_weighs_in_on_hagel.asp

    Yesterday the Republican Jewish Coalition was taunting its Democratic rival, the National Jewish Democratic Council, over the appointment of former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel to serve a co-chair of the President’s National Intelligence Advisory Board. As the RJC was quick to point out after news of the appointment broke, the NJDC had put out several statements over the years blasting Hagel for his “questionable Israel record.” In particular, Hagel had refused to sign a series of letters that had broad bipartisan support and which focused on a range of issues of great importance to the Jewish community. He had refused to sign a letter in August 2006 asking the EU to declare Hezbollah a terrorist organization. In 2004, Hagel had refused to sign a letter urging President Bush to highlight Iran’s nuclear program at the G-8 summit.

    NJDC executive director Ira Forman responded by blasting his counterpart at the RJC, Matt Brooks. Brooks, Forman said, is “not concerned with little issues like shame or hypocrisy.” Forman said that RJC had plenty of opportunities to question Hagel’s record when Hagel was serving in the Senate. “Apparently [the RJC] just recently had a revelation” about Hagel’s foreign policy views. But neither was Forman prepared to denounce Hagel again now that the shoe was on the other foot. “Anybody who’s looking for purity from us is going to be disappointed,” Forman said in the course of declining to criticize the appointment.

    Still, Forman isn’t a fan of Hagel. He suggested that NJDC would publicly oppose Hagel’s nomination for a position with more authority. “If [Hagel] was taking a policy role, we’d have real concerns,” Forman said. And Forman indicated that his group would oppose Hagel’s appointment to any position that had influence over U.S.-Israel relations.

    While the RJC may not have “even a little credibility to attack” this appointment, as Forman says, the bipartisan show of discomfort with Hagel’s foreign policy views suggests Hagel is not destined for a bigger role in this administration.

    An interesting postscript to this story is the fact that Hagel’s appointment was announced at J Street’s gala dinner on Tuesday night just before Hagel delivered the keynote speech at that event. NJDC is an explicitly partisan, Democratic organization, while J Street aspires, or at least claims to aspire, to bipartisan influence. Still, the fact that Forman remains dubious of Hagel’s pro-Israel credentials while J Street–an organization struggling to convince itself and others that it really is pro-Israel–offers the former Nebraska senator a prime speaking slot at its inaugural conference is yet more evidence of the contradictions that are tearing J Street apart.

    Update: RJC chief Matt Brooks denies that his group “being somehow inconsistent in our opposition to Hagel.” Forman is “being totally disingenuous,” Brooks said, noting the RJC had “never given [Hagel] money from our PAC.” Brooks argued that this was the truest indicator of support from his group since “we actually vote with our financial resources.” Brooks says the RJC PAC raised $195,000 in 2008 in contrast to the $11,000 raised by the NJDC (both numbers according to Brooks).

    Brooks points to this statement from last summer, criticizing Hagel ahead of Obama’s campaign swing through the Middle East, as evidence that the RJC was not afraid to criticize Hagel while he was still an elected Republican official. On that score, however, Forman correctly notes that the RJC refrained from criticizing Hagel until Hagel had become a public ally of Barack Obama. Still, Brooks says that “the reality is they’re the one being inconsistent — they’ve muzzled their concern rather than speak out about this appointment.”

  26. J street is supported by many Muslim/Arab donors and gives cover to Obama for more anti-Israeli positions. I was stunned when I learned former Hillary supporter, now BO butt kisser, our local congress woman Wasserman Shultz attened. I really respected her and her courageous fight with breast cancer, but my g-d, Obama had Wexler and now Shultz in his pocket….these where serious Israeli supporters and I just can’t fathom wh y they went down this path. Wexler was simply a opportunist, but I do not find Shultz to be that at all. I will inquire with her office tomorrow.


    We’re Waiting, Mr. President
    Obama Must Provide Better Leadership on Afghanistan


  28. Regarding Rahm:

    Today we specifically urge Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock, Florida Governor Charlie Crist, and White House Chief of Staff and former male ballerina Congressman Rahm Emanuel to come out of the closet on National Coming Out Day.
    (just two slashes,then)hillbuzz dot org/2009/10/11/national-coming-out-day-october-11th-2009-open-thread/#comments

  29. Clinton to Meet Abbas In Abu Dhabi

    Published: October 30, 2009

    ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Abu Dhabi on Saturday, a U.S. official said with Washington keeping up pressure for a new Mideast peace deal.

    Clinton, wrapping up a three-day visit to Pakistan, was due to travel to Abu Dhabi on Friday and would meet both Abbas and the leadership of the emirate on Saturday, the official said on condition of anonymity.

    Clinton was also expected to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at some point later in the weekend, although the details of this were not immediately available.

    The two meetings come as Clinton prepares to meet Arab foreign ministers at a development summit in Morocco next week in an effort to drum up regional support for new peace moves.

    Clinton’s weekend visit to the Mideast region will be her second since U.S. President Barack Obama took office in January. A senior U.S. envoy, George Mitchell, has been shuttling between Israeli and Palestinian leaders every few weeks.

    Israeli and Palestinian officials have held out little chance of an imminent resumption of talks suspended since December.

    Abbas insists Israel freeze settlement activity under a 2003 “road map” for peace, a demand Netanyahu has rejected.

    Netanyahu has acceded to U.S. pressure to talk of negotiating the creation of a Palestinian state, but only if it is demilitarized and if Palestinians agree to recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

    Beginning a new round of talks with Mitchell in Jerusalem on Friday, the Israeli leader said he looked forward to “our discussions and the discussions with Secretary of State Clinton to try to relaunch the peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians as soon as possible.”

    Israeli radio reports said Clinton would spend only a few hours in Israel on Saturday and would not overnight in the country.


  30. US trying to gauge Iran nuclear response: Clinton

    WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday the United States was still trying to determine the extent of Iran’s response to a UN-brokered plan on nuclear cooperation with major powers.

    “We are working to determine exactly what they are willing to do, whether this was an initial response that is an end response or whether it’s the beginning of getting to where we expect them to end up,” Clinton told CNN television.

    Clinton said the United States was “seeking clarification” on Iran’s response a day after the International Atomic Energy Agency said it had received a response from Tehran without giving any details of its contents. She added that Washington, the IAEA, France and Russia “are all united and showing resolve in responding to the Iranian response.”

    The IAEA said Thursday that the watchdog’s director Mohamed ElBaradei had “received an initial response from the Iranian authorities to his proposal to use Iran’s low-enriched uranium for manufacturing fuel for … the Tehran Research Reactor,” without giving further details.

    Iranian media said meanwhile Tehran was seeking some changes to the fuel supply proposals, and the country’s envoy to the IAEA said he expected to be involved in further negotiations. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad however insisted his government, which has for years been in a tense standoff with the West over its refusal to heed repeated UN Security Council ultimatums to suspend uranium enrichment, was ready to strike a deal.

    The hardline leader said the West had previously talked of “halting and suspending everything, but now they are talking about fuel exchange, nuclear cooperation, building nuclear power plants and reactors. They have moved from confrontation to cooperation.”
    Therefore, “the conditions for nuclear cooperation are ready,” he said.

    Clinton, speaking to CNN from Pakistan where she has been involved in a whirlwind diplomatic mission to shore-up support for US interests there, said she thought it was “very significant that Russia and France and the UK, Germany, China are all united” in their stand against a nuclear Iran.

    “This is all of us saying: we came to this idea, you agreed in principle and we expect to have you follow through,” Clinton said, adding that she wanted “the process to play out.”


  31. Hillary Clinton meets with Pakistani tribal leaders


    ISLAMABAD, Oct. 30 (Xinhua) — The visiting United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with members of the National Assembly, the lower house of the Pakistani Parliament, from Federal Administered Tribal Area (FATA) on Friday.

    During the meeting, the tribal leaders made it clear that use of power is not the solution of problems and drone attacks creating hatred in FATA, the private TV channel GEO News reported. The delegation assured the U.S. secretary of state that tribal men are not terrorists.

    Clinton said the U.S. will continue its cooperation with Pakistan in the war against terror. She said Pakistan-U.S. ties are not restricted to war and security issues as the U.S. wants long term and durable relationship with Pakistan.

    The U.S drones regularly hit hideouts of the militants in the Pakistani tribal region, which Washington considers as the center of Taliban and al-Qaeda remnants. Pakistan opposes the U.S. strikes inside the country’s tribal regions and seeks the drone technology. But the U.S. does not accept Islamabad’s request.

    Hillary Clinton also attended a cultural show in the Pakistan National Council under strict security. Later, she met with delegations of intellectuals, civil society and women and discussed development in social sector.

    Hillary Clinton arrived in Islamabad on Wednesday morning to start her three-day trip to Pakistan. She also met with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and opposition leaders during the visit.


  32. Clinton leaves Pakistan with pointed question on al Qaeda

    Fri Oct 30, 2009
    By Andrew Quinn

    ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wound up a bridge-building visit to Pakistan on Friday leaving a pointed question ringing in her hosts’ ears: Where are the al Qaeda leaders operating in your country?

    While no Pakistani officials were immediately prepared to answer, ordinary citizens told Washington’s top diplomat the country was living on a daily basis with the consequences of the September 11, 2001 attacks engineered by the militant Islamist group.

    At a televised women’s forum on Friday, Clinton was pressed on U.S. attitudes towards Pakistan, questioned about the use of robot drones to attack suspected militants, and reminded of the costs the country faces as it battles its own insurgency.

    “We are fighting a war that was imposed on us. It is not our war, it is your war,” television journalist Asma Shirazi told Clinton on the last day of her three-day visit to Pakistan. “You had a 9-11. We are having daily 9-11s in Pakistan.”

    Pakistan’s army is in the middle of a massive offensive against Taliban militants strongholds in South Waziristan that has prompted a spate of bloody revenge attacks on urban targets.

    On Wednesday, when Clinton arrived, a car bomb in a market in the northwest city of Peshawar killed more than 100 people, mostly women and children, and wounded nearly 200. The rough and rugged tribal territory separating Pakistan and Afghanistan is a stronghold for Taliban insurgents from both countries as well as a haven for al Qaeda operatives. While most Pakistanis are against the extremists, many also believe they are fuelled by Islamabad’s links with Washington.

    On Thursday Clinton expressed disbelief no-one in authority knew where al Qaeda leaders were hiding out — a remark that may fuel much reaction once she leaves the country. “I find it hard to believe that nobody in your government knows where they are and couldn’t get them if they really wanted to,” she told a group of newspaper editors during a meeting in Lahore.

    Clinton’s pointed remark was the first public gripe on a trip aimed at turning around a U.S.-Pakistan relationship under serious strain, but bound in the struggle against religious extremism.

    Clinton’s main message in Pakistan — that the forces binding Pakistanis and Americans together are far stronger than those dividing them — was constant, and she urged audiences to stand guard against extreme religious doctrine that seeks to impose its will on the population.


    Many participating in Clinton’s numerous public appearances in Pakistan have expressed appreciation for U.S. backing for the country and for Clinton’s personal outreach. But more frequently Clinton’s “people to people” diplomacy — with journalists, students and common people — has been characterised by sharp disagreements and deep distrust.

    That is a potentially worrying sign for officials in Washington hoping to reverse a steep rise in anti-U.S. sentiment in the increasingly fragile nuclear armed country.

    Through it all, Clinton has proved unflappable, acknowledging the “trust deficit” created by past U.S. mistakes while firmly responding to charges the United States does not have Pakistan’s best interests at heart.

    Clinton, who professes deep personal affection for Pakistan and its people, was cautiously optimistic her visit may have changed a few hearts and minds among fearful Pakistanis although she said much more needed to be done to illustrate how the United States is helping the country.

    “I’m going to try as hard as I can. But ultimately, we have to have actions between the two of us. Words are not enough,” she said at the women’s gathering.

    As the Pakistan offensive in South Waziristan continued, officials in the port city of Karachi said they had arrested nearly 200 foreign nationals, mostly Afghans, in the past week in a security sweep. “Most of these people have been arrested on charges of staying illegally in the country, but the main reason for this crackdown is to try and hunt militants hiding among these illegal refugees,” said a senior police official, requesting anonymity.

    Police have also arrested several members of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and the banned Lashkar-e-Jhangavi group in recent days, recovering hundreds of kilograms of explosives, suicide jackets and other weapons.

    Officials said security forces have arrested 18 suspected militants, including foreigners, in the northern town of Chitral as well.


  33. Good Morning America just had a segment on H1N1. First they criticized the Administration for the production of the vaccine, which has failed to meet production deadlines, and then they criticized the issuance of raised Pendemic Level. In both instances it was handled by criticizing the Administration itself, and not the President, although it was OO who announced the Level change, and they showed his photo. They sure like to give him all the breaks. That announcement has hightened the demand for the vaccine, which is scarce and they cannot deliver.

    As to the slip in production of the H1N1 vaccine, I think it is a failure of the size of Katrine, and in some cases worse. They knew a year ago the deadlines and the quantities they needed to meet. When I have seen critical project handled correctly, the PM usually is living at the plant making sure that things are going as planned, and if any ANY slippage is detected, they can solve it quickly and get back on track.

    Don’t you think a project, which envolved the saving of lives should have required this sort of management? All he needed was the best project manager he could find (they don’t even need to be medical), vs a political campaign endorser.

    In proper PERT project management, you know the critical path, and you manage the hell out of it to meet the objective. Too bad this is not seen as another OO failure.

  34. Things are heating up in NM on the pay to play issue. One of Judas’s right hand people has quit, and they claim that this issue is focused in Washington DC and New Mexico.

  35. Morning all! I look forward to, read everyday and love everything said by Admin and all the posters. But to Basement Angel and others, I don’t care where Obama was born. The fact of the matter is he is ineligible for POTUS because he is a dual citizen. His father was Kenyan and a British subject. You cannot be a “Natural Born Citizen” unless both parents are US citizens and you are born on US soil. It really is very simple. He was also a citizen of Indonesia when he was adopted by Lolo Sotero. His allegiances are divided, which is why “Natural Born” is required by the Constitution. The Founders wanted to insure the highest office of the land would be protected from usurpers. It really is so clear that he is not qualified to hold the title of POTUS. The Birth Certificate would confirm his parentage, which he does not deny. But not only does he not release this record, it is every record that reveals his past. He is a usurper puppet, put into office to complete an agenda of horrors to the USA. Remember Bill Clinton, during the campaign, even said he may not be “qualified”.

  36. Friday, October 30, 2009

    CDR Executives Charged in N.Y.

    By Journal Staff And Wire

    WASHINGTON — Executives at CDR Financial Products Inc., the firm at the center of a New Mexico pay-to-play investigation involving Gov. Bill Richardson’s administration, were indicted in New York on Thursday for what prosecutors described as a bid-rigging scheme in the municipal bond business.
    Charges in the nine-count indictment filed Thursday in federal court in Manhattan against the California-based company are the first resulting from the Justice Department’s probe of the municipal bond industry.
    The indictment alleges that two CDR executives and one former executive engaged in bid-rigging conspiracies in which CDR was hired by public entities that issue the bonds to act as their broker and conduct a supposedly competitive bidding process.
    “This case is fundamentally about collusion, the illegal rigging of a purportedly competitive bidding process,” said Joseph Demarest, head of the FBI’s New York office.
    The result of the scam, Demarest said, was less money for the states, cities and counties that hired CDR.
    The U.S. Justice Department decided in late August not to bring indictments in the CDR investigation in New Mexico after a yearlong investigation into whether $100,000 in political contributions made by CDR and its principals influenced the company’s selection as an adviser to the New Mexico Finance Authority on the $1.6 billion GRIP bond program. It later was named to manage an escrow fund on a sole-source, no-bid contract.
    CDR’s selections generated almost $1.5 million in fees for the company.
    In addition to CDR, former Richardson chief of staff and campaign manager Dave Contarino and UNM Executive Vice President David Harris were a focus of the federal investigation. Harris moved to UNM after working as director of the Finance Authority.
    Although the decision was made not to bring charges, U.S. Attorney Greg Fouratt sent a letter to defense lawyers stating that the decision was “not to be interpreted as an exoneration of any party’s conduct.”
    The letter went on to say that “pressure from the Governor’s Office resulted in corruption of the procurement process so that CDR would be awarded such work.”
    Richardson has strongly denied any wrongdoing. Still, the investigation cost him a spot as Commerce Secretary in President Barack Obama’s Cabinet when he announced he was withdrawing his name because the probe was ongoing.
    In New York, prosecutors say CDR’s owner and president, David Rubin, Vice President Evan Zarefksy and former Chief Financial Officer Zevi Wolmark took part in two wire fraud schemes. The three are also charged with obstructing the IRS.
    Because such municipal bonds are tax-exempt, the competitive bidding process is regulated by the IRS.
    Prosecutors said the company secretly manipulated the bidding process to enrich themselves and the bidding companies at the expense of the municipalities, the IRS or both.
    Under the scheme, CDR would arrange in advance which company would win a particular bid for bond business and arrange kickbacks to CDR in the form of inflated fees, authorities said.
    In one 2006 state bond deal, one of the bidders agreed to pay CDR a $475,000 kickback, according to the indictment.
    The municipal bond business is huge: In 2007 and 2008, about $800 billion worth of municipal bonds were issued across the country.
    If convicted of the most serious charge, the three men face a maximum prison sentence of 20 years. The company could face a maximum fine of $100 million for the bid-rigging charge.
    Rubin’s attorney, Donald Etra, said the charges “have no basis.”
    “The bottom line is that David Rubin has done nothing wrong,” Etra said. “He’s a brilliant businessman and a prominent philanthropist.”
    Lawyers for the other two could not be located Thursday.

  37. The Article at the Channel 13 TV site.

    Feds focus on state investment figures
    Updated: Friday, 30 Oct 2009, 12:26 AM MDT
    Published : Friday, 30 Oct 2009, 12:26 AM MDT

    Reporter: Michael Herzenberg
    Web Producer: Bill Diven
    SANTA FE (KRQE) – A federal pay-to-play investigation stretching from New York to New Mexico is looking at the relationship between a former state official and the son of a friend of Gov. Bill Richardson, KRQE News 13 has confirmed.

    The question to be resolved is whether then-State Investment Officer Gary Bland, a Richardson appointee, pressured companies doing business with the state to pay Marc Correra to act as a middleman. Correra, who raked in millions from working with state investment business, is the son of Anthony Correra, a friend of both Richardson and Bland.

    “The bottom line is fees have been paid out that didn’t need to be paid out,” State Land Commissioner Pat Lyons told News 13.

    Lyons is a member of the State Investment Council and sits on a council subcommittee that was pushing to have Bland fired. Bland resigned last week before the full council could consider the request.

    Attorneys hired by the Investment Council found evidence News 13 has learned the Feds want for their investigation.

    On Thursday Lyons explained that the evidence allegedly shows Bland pressured companies to hire certain middlemen after the state had already struck deals with those companies.

    “My concern is, “What did the people of New Mexico get for $22 million of fees,” said Lyons.

    Marc Correra shared in those fees, but it is unclear to News 13 if the evidence Investment Council lawyers found shows Correra being hired before or after the Investment Council decided to invest with the companies.

    News 13 has learned a report by Investment Council attorneys zeroes in on the relationship between Bland and Marc Correra. Lyons wouldn’t confirm that but said he was the first official to push for a ban on using middlemen like Correra.

    As investigations heated up, Richardson, who also sits on the Investment Council, ordered it and the Educational Retirement Board to stop using the middlemen to connect state investment funds with investment companies.

    “We banned third-party marketers,” Lyons said. “We don’t need them.

    “Then our basis points for doing investments would be cheaper, and it saves the state of New Mexico more money.”

    Even though the investment companies paid those middleman fees, Lyons said he believes the investment companies passed the costs on to the state. He wants the money back from those middlemen.

    Neither Bland nor Marc Correra has been charged with a crime. Both maintain they did nothing wrong.

    News 13 attempted to contact Bland for further comment on Thursday but was unsuccessful.

    The state is incurring another expense with the scandal as federal investigators have asked the Investment Council for three million documents. So far, the attorneys have delivered about half of them at a cost of $500,000 in attorney fees.

    In a separate case, a federal grand jury meeting in New York Thursday indicted California based-CDR Financial Products, its founder, David Rubin, and two company employees for allegedly taking kickbacks while handling municipal bond deals for local governments.

    The indictment alleges CDR, hired to generate competitive bids from investment firms, instead took kickbacks to steer to deals to favored companies. An attorney for the company said the case is without merit.

    CDR was the subject of an investigation in New Mexico for over its role in the issuance of bonds to finance transportation projects. Rubin was a contributor to Richardson’s presidential campaign committees, but the governor said there was no connection between the contributions and CDR being awarded its state contract.

    The federal investigation did not produce any criminal indictments in New Mexico although the U.S. Attorney for New Mexico said evidence showed politics tainted the awarding of the contract.

    The then-ongoing investigation forced Richardson to withdraw his name as a nominee to become President Obama’s secretary of commerce.

    The founder Aldus Equity, a Dallas-based investment company that worked with the state Investment Council, recently pleaded guilty to fraud in New York in another kickback scheme. In his courtroom statement founder Saul Meyer said he had steered New Mexico investments based on pressure from politically connected individuals.

    However neither Meyer nor prosecutors have identified those individuals.

  38. Just got a call from the hospital, my daughter is having chest pain and her ekg is abnormal. Apparently she has had pneumonia and its taken 3 days to get a radiological report. So now they have her hooked up to heart monitors.

  39. confloyd….. i’m sorry

    my best wishes and prayers going out for you and your daughter

    tests and results should never be delayed like that, just imagine how long it will take for those reports not to mention the tests once obamacare begins…. truly scary

  40. NMF,

    I got both my seasonal flu shot and the H1N1 in the last two weeks. Here in Canada, while the lineups were long (I waited 2 hours), we did not run out. As well, my understanding is that many Americans are crossing the border to get their shots in Canada and we are not turning them away.

  41. confloyd,

    Again, I am so sorry that your daughter is going through this. I will say a prayer that it all turns out well.

  42. Friday, 30 October 2009

    Clinton ends tough Pakistan trip

    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been meeting tribal leaders in north-west Pakistan on the last day of a testing visit to the country. During her three-day trip Mrs Clinton hoped to strengthen ties between the US and Pakistan and tried to address a rising tide of anti-
    American feeling.

    In an interview with the BBC she urged Pakistanis to “realise the connection” between al-Qaeda and the Taliban. But her arrival was overshadowed by a deadly bombing in the city of Peshawar. More than 100 people died when a car bomb exploded in a busy market on Wednesday.

    The BBC’s Jill McGivering says that a great deal of anger in Pakistan is focused on the Americans – widely seen as interfering and destabilising Pakistan for its own ends.
    Mrs Clinton’s tone has mainly been appeasing, our correspondent says, as she lavished praise on the army for its efforts to fight militancy. Mrs Clinton also faced America’s critics when she addressed a group of belligerent students in Lahore.

    ‘Impressive resolve’

    But speaking to Pakistani newspaper editors in Lahore on Thursday evening, she said she found it hard to believe that nobody in the Pakistani government knew where al-Qaeda was hiding in the country and “couldn’t get them” if they wanted.

    In an interview with the BBC, Mrs Clinton clarified her comments and the US view of the Pakistan government’s commitment to combating militancy. “Of course we are very encouraged to see what the government is doing. At the same time, it is just a fact that al-Qaeda had sought refuge in Pakistan after the US and our allies went after them because of the attack on 9/11,” she said.

    “And we want to encourage everyone, not just the Pakistan government or the military but Pakistani citizens to realise the connection between al-Qaeda and these Taliban extremists who are threatening Pakistan. They are part of a syndicate of terror.” Mrs Clinton said she was “very impressed by the resolve” of the Pakistani leadership in stamping out the militant threat.

    But Mrs Clinton came face-to-face with many of the difficulties that have blighted Pakistan in recent weeks. On the day of her arrival, a massive car bomb obliterated a market in Peshawar. It was just the latest in a series of attacks on civilian and military targets across the country – as Pakistan pursues an anti-Taliban offensive in the tribal region of South Waziristan. Moreover resentment has been further stoked by a US bill which grants aid to Pakistan – but on certain conditions.

    Our correspondent adds that it would be hard to imagine a more hostile and sceptical audience for a US secretary of state.

    Mrs Clinton acknowledged there was what she called a trust deficit towards the United States in Pakistan because of past policies. But she said she was working to change that by reaching out to ordinary Pakistanis.

    Mrs Clinton is due in the Middle East at the weekend to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas


  43. October 30, 2009

    Clinton says time to move past 2008 election

    (CNN) – One day after a new book revealed former President Bill Clinton’s 2008 campaign trail outbursts may have prevented his wife from landing a spot on the Democratic ticket, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says it’s time to move past last year’s election.

    “I’m very happy with the position that I have and I think Joe Biden’s doing a great job as vice president, so I think we should move on from the campaign of 2008,” Clinton told CNN’s Jill Dougherty in Pakistan earlier Friday.

    In excerpts released Thursday of David Plouffe’s forthcoming book, the former Obama campaign manager writes he was surprised at how interested Obama was in picking Clinton for his running mate after the hard-fought Democratic primary race came to an end.

    Ultimately, Plouffe writes, Oabma ruled against Clinton in fear her husband may have proved to be “too big a complication.” “If I picked her, my concern is that there would be more than two of us in the relationship,” Plouffe quotes Obama as saying.

    The new book, titled The Audacity to Win, hits book stores November 3.


  44. This woman doesn’t sleep…

    Meeting between Netanyahu, Clinton pushed up to Saturday


    The meeting between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who will be visiting Israel, was pushed up to Saturday evening at 9 pm. The meeting was originally scheduled for Sunday.

    The change in the schedule came at the behest of the American Embassy because of the Clinton’s tight schedule during her tour of the Middle East. US special envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell is slated to attend the meeting as well. Mitchell and Netanyahu met on Friday.


  45. Obama let Hillary take the heat in Pakistan while he golfs….she sems to have handled herself with great skill as usual despite a very hostile /dangerous climate.

  46. JanH

    An experienced President would have known that the H1N1 was a major visible issue, and had monthly, if not weekly updates to make sure the target dates were met, and the contractor knew they must deliver on time and in quantity.

  47. jbstonesfan

    Heard her this morning, and of course She knew the issue, did not backdown, and handled her word on the fly precisely, and carefully. That is exactly what you want as a leader.

  48. djia
    October 29th, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    an announcement is just that…..an announcement not proof of where he was born.

    I’m going to pay for an ad in my local paper that Elvis was reincarnated yesterday at 9:19am as Freida Betsy Jones. I’ll preface it by saying this is being posted by some administrator with the hospital.

    Perhaps some local official ran a scam for posting birth notices, that for $200 I’ll say your baby was born on US soil and run an announcement in the local newspaper. With Hawaii’s loose rules, it may not be that surprising that someone would want to make a buck.

  49. On the birth certificate issue. I’m a little confused as to why obama’s people would be spending so much money to keep this out of the courts if there is nothing suspicious going on.

  50. Barack Obama: so much for superhero
    As the anniversary of his victory looms, the troubles are mounting for a president who promised so much.

    By Toby Harnden in Washington
    30 Oct 2009

    What a difference a year makes. On a balmy Tuesday evening in November just under a dozen long months ago, Barack Hussein Obama’s unlikely journey to the presidency reached its heady conclusion. Americans had shown, he proclaimed, that they could “put their hands on the arc of history and bend it once more toward the hope of a better day”. The then Illinois senator told the enraptured crowd, and a world that watched in awe at what the United States had achieved, that “all things are possible”, that “our union can be perfected” and it was time for the “partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long to be cast aside”.

    This Tuesday, Democrats face almost certain defeat in the governor’s race in Virginia – the key Southern state that helped deliver Mr Obama victory – and a desperately close call in New Jersey, where the Democratic governor is in deep trouble in what should be a safe seat.

    Although the White House was buoyed by the release of gross domestic product figures yesterday showing that the US had climbed out of the worst recession since the Great Depression, little else is going right for Mr Obama.

    His popularity ratings have slumped to an anaemic average of 51 per cent. He has spent a full 60 days thus far considering a request from General Stanley McChrystal, Nato commander in Afghanistan, for another 44,000 troops to stave off defeat.

    There are increasing signs that Mr Obama is deeply discomfited by the war that he had declared in his election campaign to be a “war of necessity”. Amid grave concern at the Pentagon about the cost of delaying decision making so long, it emerged yesterday that Mr Obama had asked for a detailed province-by-province study of Afghanistan. Senior military officers fear he is second-guessing and undermining Gen McChrystal, whom he has met only twice. The indications are that a decision on troop levels might not come until mid-November. In the two months that Mr Obama has “dithered” – a word that is increasingly used across the political spectrum – over the McChrystal request, 96 American troops have been killed in Afghanistan.

    In Congress, Mr Obama’s health care plan – which the White House had said it wanted to be finalised by August – is in deep trouble. Senate Democratic leaders have defied him by backing a liberal bill that establishes a government-run insurance option – something that the sole Republican who has supported reform has said she cannot countenance.

    This week Mr Obama is front and centre in both states where governorships are up for grabs. He campaigned in Hampton Roads, Virginia, even though Creigh Deeds, the Democratic candidate, has been seen by some at the White House to have distanced himself from Mr Obama and his policies.

    Meanwhile, in New Jersey, Mr Obama dispatched his pollster Joel Benenson to take charge of a campaign that was seen to be in disarray. On Sunday, the president himself will headline two events for Governor Jon Corzine, an unpopular former Goldman Sachs executive.

    But on the campaign trail Mr Obama is striking some false notes. The president labelled Chris Christie, Mr Corzine’s Republican opponent, as “slick” – the one thing he is. And last month, the Corzine campaign – presumably with Mr Benenson’s blessing – produced a television advertisement that depicted Mr Christie manoeuvring his ample girth out of a car and accusing him of “throwing his weight around”.
    It is unclear how this fits with Mr Obama’s oft-repeated pledges to bring a “new tone” to Washington, reach out to Republicans and work to end partisanship and incivility.

    To coincide with the anniversary of Mr Obama’s election, a new book by his campaign manager, David Plouffe, is being published. Parts of the excerpts released by Time magazine yesterday read like a jarring parody. Mr Plouffe records that Mr Obama “handled everything with brilliance”, was “the pillar of reassurance” and that an important speech “received rave reviews from political commentators and spawned hundreds of positive editorials”.

    It was back in February that Hillary Clinton, then Mr Obama’s implacable foe and now his Secretary of State, mocked his kumbaya message that everything could change if Americans only had the vision to elect him to the White House. “I could just stand up here and say ‘Let’s just get everybody together, let’s get unified’,” she told supporters at a rally in Providence, Rhode Island. “The sky will open, the light will come down, celestial choirs will be singing and everyone will know we should do the right thing and the world will be perfect. Maybe I’ve just lived a little long, but I have no illusions at how hard this is going to be.”

    At the time, many dismissed this as the bitterness of a Democratic front-runner who was heading towards a painful defeat. But Mrs Clinton’s words have taken on a prophetic tinge.

    Many of Mr Obama’s actions have demonstrably failed to live up to his campaign rhetoric. He promised to knock heads together to achieve health-care reform and shine a light on the legislative process by televising live meetings to discuss policy. Instead, bills have been stitched together behind closed doors.

    This week he signed a $680 billion National Defence Authorisation Act that was loaded by Congress with equipment the Pentagon didn’t need. He is poised to sign a defence appropriations bill that currently has 778 “earmarks” or pet projects from Senators and 1,080 from members of the House of Representatives. On the stump, Mr Obama had railed against earmarks and promised to scrutinise bills “line by line” to eliminate them.

    Beyond Washington, Mr Obama’s June speech in Cairo to the Muslim world was almost universally well received. But the Israeli-Palestinian peace process remains stalled and Mr Obama’s “new era of engagement” with Iran and Russia is showing precious little in terms of concrete results or even the prospect of them.

    In recent days, the White House has been preoccupied not with the war in Afghanistan or even the battle on Capitol Hill to produce a health-care bill. Instead, it has been engaged in a war with Fox News, the Right-leaning cable channel owned by Rupert Murdoch.

    Mr Obama continues to blame George W Bush, his predecessor, for whatever might be going wrong in America.

    Appearing on CNN, Valerie Jarrett, a long-time close confidante of Mr Obama and a senior White House aide, stated that in taking on Fox News the administration was speaking “truth to power” – an indication of the mindset that the election campaign is still on. She praised Mr Obama’s “thoughtful and deliberate” consideration of the Afghanistan troop request, adding: “Before he puts our men and women in harm’s way, he wants to make absolutely sure, not just of the number of troops, but that there’s an overall strategy for success.” But there are already 68,000 American troops in Afghanistan caught in limbo.

    Perhaps the most dangerous sign for Mr Obama is that the media – whose adoring coverage helped propel him to victory – are growing tired of the Obama Superhero theme. It has been pointedly noted this week that he has played as much golf already as Mr Bush did in his eight years in the White House.

    Details have emerged of big Democratic donors being richly rewarded with birthday trips to the Oval Office, golf outings and special White House briefings. These are long-established practices in Washington but Mr Obama solemnly promised to end them.

    The White House is pleading for patience, arguing that change sometimes doesn’t come quickly or easily. Unfortunately for Mr Obama, Americans tend to expect instant results. If Mr Obama doesn’t deliver soon, they are liable to write him off as – to use the Texan phrase – all hat and no cattle.


  51. JanH
    October 30th, 2009 at 11:30 am
    On the birth certificate issue. I’m a little confused as to why obama’s people would be spending so much money to keep this out of the courts if there is nothing suspicious going on.


  52. October 30, 2009

    Clinton’s Tough Talk in Pakistan Drives Home Message: It’s Not a One-Way Street

    The Secretary of State’s blunt remarks, foreign policy experts say, give Pakistan’s leadership a much-needed dose of reality: their relationship with the United States is not a one-way street.

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took off the gloves and delivered a no-holds-barred message to Pakistan this week, telling the American ally that it must step up its efforts to apprehend Al Qaeda terrorists and demonstrate a real commitment to democracy.

    The secretary’s blunt remarks, foreign policy experts say, give Pakistan’s leaders a much-needed dose of reality: their relationship with the United States is not a one-way street. America’s top diplomat struck an unusually frank tone when she said Pakistan has squandered opportunities to kill or capture Al Qaeda leaders — including Usama Bin Laden.

    “I find it hard to believe that nobody in your government knows where they are and couldn’t get them if they really wanted to,” she told a group of Pakistani journalists in Lahore as she wrapped up her three-day visit to Pakistan. “Maybe that’s the case. Maybe they’re not gettable. I don’t know.”

    During her trip, Clinton reaffirmed America’s pledge to provide $7.5 billion in non-military aid to the troubled nation over the next five years. But she made clear that it will not be a handout. Clinton said the U.S. wants to partner with Pakistan on more than just the military front, but she made clear that the government in Islamabad will have to be America’s partner in tracking down and capturing the terrorists who masterminded the September 11 attacks, among so many others throughout the world.

    Clinton defended the bluntness of her remarks in an interview Friday on ABC’s “Good Morning America, saying, “Trust is a two-way street. There is trust deficit.”
    “It will not be sufficient to achieve the level of security that Pakistanis deserve if we don’t go after those who are still threatening not only Pakistan, but Afghanistan, and the rest of the world.”

    Foreign policy analysts said Clinton’s words were necessary to convey a tough and clear message, but that the impact on the Pakistanis remains to be seen. “This is going to bring some realism to the relationship,” said Ashley Tellis, senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, adding that Clinton’s comments are a “useful corrective to the Pakistan overdependency that’s at risk of developing.”

    Tellis said he believes Pakistan knows the whereabouts of Afghan Taliban leaders, and he said the country likely has intelligence on where some Al Qaeda members are hiding.
    “They’re not pursuing them aggressively enough because they fear that if they apprehend them quickly, they will not remain a target of American interest and partnership,” he said.

    Clinton’s transparent message — said at the highest level of government — made clear that the U.S. will accept nothing less than a two-way dialogue, Tellis said.

    But others, like Rick “Ozzie” Nelson, a senior fellow at the International Security Program in Washington, say Clinton went too far in suggesting Pakistan is deliberately dodging attempts to locate Al Qaeda. “To say categorically that Pakistan knows where Al Qaeda leaders are but doesn’t want to get them is a little bit of a stretch,” Nelson told FoxNews.com, saying Clinton’s frustration is understandable, but that the situation is “not as black and white as her comments may indicate.” “If we want them to help us with our security concerns, we have to be willing to help them with their national security concerns,” Nelson said.


  53. JH,

    Let me ask you a question – if Obama is, indeed, born in the US, how would it serve him to clear that up?

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