At least Mikey kept his word. I'm curious to see where this goes...
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Obama: 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan
U.S. troop killed in Afghanistan brings
death toll to 300 so far this year
By Cindy Sheehan | Reformed Soccer Mom
December 2, 2009
I have had to reluctantly watch many presidential speeches since my son was killed in Iraq in 2004. I was even dragged out of a Bush State of the Union speech in 2006, that I didn’t want to go to anyway, for just wearing a shirt with an anti-war message.
Now, I knew that Obama was going to announce that he would be condemning 30-35,000 more troops to Afghanistan(Pakistan): that wasn’t exactly a state secret. I also knew that his speech would be filled with jingoistic propaganda—that’s a given with presidential speeches--and the Pope of Hope is no different. However, I was not prepared for the physical sickness that overcame me while he was speaking. His delivery was wooden and not convincing, but the words tore my heart apart like I was a newby to presidential calumny.
I did not support Obama when he ran for president because he said he was going to send more troops to Afghanistan. He is a rare bird: a president that fulfills a campaign promise. I am not surprised, or disappointed, but I am filled with anger.
I am angry that thousands of more mothers will, without reason or rhyme, be served the unending pain of burying a child.
The announcement of a scheduled troop pullout on the same day as an announcement of a 30,000 troop increase? Note this is the BEGINNING of a pullout. This pullout date should help us to better accept sending 30,000 more troops over there. He did say that he had an exit strategy. I guess this is it! I hope that the Taliban does not read the NY Times.
By DAVID E. SANGER and PETER BAKER
Published: December 1, 2009
WASHINGTON — President Obama plans to announce Tuesday night that he will begin to transition American forces out of Afghanistan beginning in July 2011, setting the first time frame to wind down the war there nearly a decade after the United States first sent troops in to topple the Taliban government, senior administration officials said.
Mr. Obama will set the drawdown goal even as he orders another 30,000 troops to deploy to Afghanistan over the next six months in an effort to reverse the momentum of Taliban insurgents fighting to regain control of the country. By expediting the flow of reinforcements, officials said Mr. Obama hopes to create urgency for the government in Kabul to match the American surge with one using its own forces.
In bringing the total American force to nearly 100,000 troops by the end of May, the administration will move far faster than it had originally planned. Until recently, discussions focused on a deployment that would take a year, but Mr. Obama concluded that the situation required “more, sooner,” as one official said, explaining some of the central conclusions Mr. Obama reached at the end of a nearly three-month review of American war strategy.
The officials insisted on anonymity... (INDEED)
It's a violation of the Constitution to use the panels without a declaration of war -- and just calling it a 'war' on terror doesn't count.
By Andrew P. Napolitano | November 29, 2009
In the uproar caused by Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr.'s announcement that the alleged planners of the 9/11 attacks are to be tried in U.S. District Court in New York City, and the suspects in the attack on the U.S. destroyer Cole will go on trial before military tribunals at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the public discourse has lost sight of the fundamental principles that guide the government when it makes such decisions. Unfortunately, the government has lost sight of the principles as well.
When President George W. Bush spoke to Congress shortly after 9/11, he did not ask for a declaration of war. Instead, Republican leaders offered and Congress enacted an Authorization for the Use of Military Force. The authorization was open-ended as to its targets and its conclusion, and basically told the president and his successors that they could pursue whomever they wanted, wherever their pursuits took them, so long as they believed that the people they pursued had engaged in acts of terrorism against the United States. Thus was born the "war" on terror.
Tellingly, and perhaps because we did not know at the time precisely who had planned the 9/11 attacks, Congress did not declare war. But the use of the word "war" persisted nonetheless. Even after he learned what countries had sponsored terrorism against us and our allies with governmental assistance, Bush did not seek a declaration of war against them. Since 9/11, American agents have captured and seized nearly 800 people from all over the globe in connection with the attacks, and now five have been charged with planning them.
Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke's warning that efforts to regulate the board would "impair" the economy are a "hoax," Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) said Monday night.
Responding to Bernanke's op-ed in the Washington Post this past weekend, in which the Federal Reserve chairman said that Paul's bill to audit the Fed would harm the U.S. economy, the Texas congressman accused Bernanke of dodging responsibility for his role in causing the recession.
"He claims that they're rescuing, and making things better. But he takes no responsibility for causing all the problems," Paul said during an appearance on the Fox Business Network Monday evening.
"So I think it's a hoax for him to talk about financial stability," the libertarian Republican added. "I mean, how could it get much worse?"
Reporting from Washington - The Federal Reserve isn't too popular these days, what with its failure to predict or prevent the financial crisis and recession, not to mention its involvement in last year's bailouts. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) has a bestselling book out called "End the Fed," and some lawmakers are looking to cut back the central bank's power.
It sounds like a perfect time for an ad campaign.
Liberty movement leader has some choice words for mainstream Republicans who hijacked the movement.
by Chad Peace | Nov 30th 2009
In 2007, the modern tea party movement took shape, in a vastly different form than it now presents itself. Spurred by an impending recession, a government overrun by deception and corruption, and an unprecedented expansion of government under eight years of “conservative” leadership, the first modern day tea partiers had positive causes of action: honesty, respect for the rule of law, and protection of the rights of the smallest minority; the individual.
RUSSIAN investigators have confirmed that the derailment of a passenger train which killed dozens of people was caused by a "terrorist attack", the Interfax news agency reported.
"We are indeed talking about a terrorist attack," Vladimir Markin, spokesman for Russia's federal investigative committee, was quoted as saying by Interfax today.
Investigators have found "elements of an explosive device" at the site of a Russian train disaster that killed dozens of people, the country's federal investigative committee says.
"At the site of the accident of the Nevsky Express ... the investigating team from the investigative committee of Russian prosecutors found and removed elements of an explosive device," the committee said in a statement today.
Michael Moore writes a powerful letter to President Obama on his planned 30,000 troop increase in Afghanistan. He says don't do it:
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Dear President Obama,
Do you really want to be the new "war president"? If you go to West Point tomorrow night (Tuesday, 8pm) and announce that you are increasing, rather than withdrawing, the troops in Afghanistan, you are the new war president. Pure and simple. And with that you will do the worst possible thing you could do -- destroy the hopes and dreams so many millions have placed in you. With just one speech tomorrow night you will turn a multitude of young people who were the backbone of your campaign into disillusioned cynics. You will teach them what they've always heard is true -- that all politicians are alike. I simply can't believe you're about to do what they say you are going to do. Please say it isn't so.
My Dear Daily Paul Family:
What a wonderful, worthy pro-active idea by the founder of Oath Keepers Stewart Rhodes to have a Constitution Care Package Drive, to send our Armed Forces the information they need. This package will help our men and women carry out their sworn duty to OUR Constitutional Republic.
I have 3 quillows and 1 throw to help raise Oath Keepers a MILLION dollars. LOL Here they are, together:
These quillows are bit different than the last ones. They all have FLEECE backing. I love fleece it is so warm and cuddly. These items are great to have in the car, home, or cold dorm room.
We will run the auction same as last time. To bid, put the number of the item and your bid in the comment section. The auction will end on Monday, November 30th at 4:30pm EST The winners will send the money DIRECTLY to the care package web site at: www.ok4troops.com If possible just email me a copy of your receipt and the name and address where the quillow or throw should be sent. Last time the winners were so kind to send a email receipt to me and I thought that was very kind.
(More pictures below)
Jesse Ventura was on ESPN first take today stumping his new show and I must thank Jay Crawford for being a good host and letting him speak without turning into an attack poodle.
By Victoria McGrane | 11/30/09
Is libertarian rock star and Texas Republican Ron Paul going mainstream?
He’s got everyone from South Carolina Republican Sen. Jim DeMint to Minnesota moderate Democrat Collin Peterson to California liberal Barbara Boxer on his side in his audit-the-Fed crusade. He’s drawing liberal support in his push to rein in the cost of the war in Afghanistan. Senate candidates like Democratic Rep. Paul Hodes of New Hampshire are finding Dr. No’s populist economic anger to be useful in the campaign, echoing Paul’s criticism of the Federal Reserve.
Even Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) is delivering backhanded compliments, taking credit for merely allowing a vote on Paul’s amendment to audit the central bank.
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