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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Ulysses Grant To Barack Obama:

“In war, anything is better than indecision. We must decide. If I am wrong, we shall soon find it out and can do the other thing. But not to decide…may ruin everything.”

See "256 dead US Soldiers in Afghanistan as Obama dithers and ignores McChrystal."

I Don't Disagree

If we're not there to win it, we're sure to lose it.
U.S. official resigns over Afghan war
By Karen DeYoung, Washington Post Staff Writer

When Matthew Hoh joined the Foreign Service early this year, he was exactly the kind of smart civil-military hybrid the administration was looking for to help expand its development efforts in Afghanistan.

A former Marine Corps captain with combat experience in Iraq, Hoh had also served in uniform at the Pentagon, and as a civilian in Iraq and at the State Department. By July, he was the senior U.S. civilian in Zabul province, a Taliban hotbed.

But last month, in a move that has sent ripples all the way to the White House, Hoh, 36, became the first U.S. official known to resign in protest over the Afghan war, which he had come to believe simply fueled the insurgency.

"I have lost understanding of and confidence in the strategic purposes of the United States' presence in Afghanistan," he wrote Sept. 10 in a four-page letter to the department's head of personnel. "I have doubts and reservations about our current strategy and planned future strategy, but my resignation is based not upon how we are pursuing this war, but why and to what end." [link]
On that last point regarding the strategic purposes of our presence in Afghanistan, Mr. Hoh is perfectly justified in having lost confidence.  Because Obama freely admits that he has no purpose.  Or strategy.  That's what this months long strategic confab is all about.  He's trying to figure out what he believes and square it with promises he's made.

This is no way to fight a war.

Hoh is right.  If we no longer have a good reason for being there, get out now.  Not another brave American life lost.  Now.

Why We Need Employers

With the exception of the federal government, which grants itself the authority to print as much money as it can find paper, all other governments have to live within their means.

And in the case of Radford losing its Intermet foundry and its remaining employees, well, the result is utter catastrophe:
City begins tallying cost of Intermet closing
By Amy Matzke-Fawcett, Roanoke Times

Radford -- The Intermet foundry's closing could cause the city a loss of revenue so large that it could be offset by steps as drastic as closing the fire department, museum and library or major increases in the city's real estate tax rate.

City Manager Tony Cox doesn't advocate any of those options but used them during Monday's council meeting to put in perspective the effect of the company's closing on city finances. He called it a "doomsday scenario."

"I do this just to give you a feel for the magnitude of this," Cox said. "Clearly, the answer lies somewhere in the middle."

Intermet plans to close the New River Foundry on Dec. 12, laying off its remaining 76 employees, according to a letter a foundry official sent to the city Oct. 15. [link]
In all, Radford expects to lose about $2 million in tax revenue from the closing.

And then there are the poor souls who find themselves out of work who won't be contributing revenue to their tax authorities.

Then there are the malls and grocery stores ...

Times Have Changed

To my way of thinking, James Webb should be counting his lucky stars that he ran for the Senate when he did.  The one-hit wonder of American politics - his golden oldie: "George Bush is an asshole and we need to get out of Iraq!" - was, by anyone's standards, the weakest and most inept campaigner in 21st century politics.  But those stars were aligned.  He being the anti-Bush brought success here in Virginia.  Much to everyone's surprise (including to his own friends and family, I'd bet).

Well, that was then.  And Bush is gone.

What now?

I think we need a new refrain, and "Fox News breeds the anti-Christ!" ain't gettin' it.

Case in point:
Something really scary for Obama's Democrats
By Wesley Pruden, Washington Times

This is one Mr. Deeds who apparently isn't going to town. The collapse of the Democratic campaign for governor of Virginia speaks volumes - chapters, anyway - about what the body politic is trying to tell Barack Obama's Democrats.

They're learning, painfully, that campaigning without George W. Bush is baffling, frustrating and scary. Worse, it offers a preview of what the congressional campaigning will be like next year.

For weeks, The Washington Post, the house organ of the national Democratic Party, pounded away at Bob McDonnell, the Republican nominee, for having written politically incorrect term papers in graduate school, citing his master's thesis, which decried abortion, gender-bending and radical feminism, as proof that he doesn't like women very much.

Only a month ago, Mr. Deeds, the Post's horse in the race, wouldn't talk about anything but the McDonnell graduate-school thesis - maybe a boon to master's and doctoral candidates who can't get anybody but a professor to read their wit and wisdom, but, as it turns out, a bore to voters in Virginia. The public-opinion polls continue to show Mr. McDonnell ahead, despite all the Post's ineffective deeds, and with a lengthening lead. [link]
Deeds needs a rallying cry, and fast.  "Out of Iraq!" worked for another mediocrity.  Why not for the Man From Bath?

Quote of the Day

From Investor's Business Daily:

"Democrats are considering rebranding the government-run public option as the 'competitive option.' There is nothing competitive about Washington wrecking the private health insurance industry."

"The New 'Option': Rebranding A Lie," editorial, October 27, 2009

Powerful Stuff

I think, when I invent a new widget, I'll ask former Senator Fred Thompson to go on television and promote it.  Nobody can do it better.

Here he is in a TV spot for New York independent candidate for the House of Representatives Doug Hoffman:

Is that folksy or what?

I would bet the good people of northern New York will eat it up.