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Perusin’ & Musin’

Perusin' & Musin'Some random thoughts from perusing the web…

Ron Paul Shows What’s Important for GOP – Ron Paul today said that if the GOP “goes soft” in negotiations in the debt committee, the risk is that Obama would get re-elected.  Note that the “risk”, the main priority for the GOP, has NOTHING to do with the success of the debt committee.  Their main priority has NOTHING to do with negotiating in good faith, and doing what’s best for our country.  No, the priority is all about the next election, and making sure Obama isn’t reelected.  Even if it means taking the entire country down, by ruining the debt-committee negotiations.

Too Late to Stop catastrophic Climate Change?  – An International Energy Agency report released this week painted a pretty bleak picture with regard to the likelihood of avoiding catastrophic climate change.  For a long time, the hope has been that we could somehow limit warming to 2 degrees Celsius globally.  Even with that amount of warming, there are very significant implications on regional ecosystems.  The IEA report notes how incredibly unlikely it will be that warming is restricted to even that level.  Considering that a report a week or two noted that carbon dioxide emissions over the last year were higher than even the WORST projections from a few years ago, we’re likely accelerating climate change, not slowing its progression.

Jerry Sandusky Admits to “Horsing Around” with Kids - Jerry Sandusky, the ex-coach at Penn State who has been indicted for sexual assault on multiple young boys, admits he has often showered with young boys, but that it was all just “horsing around”.  Sandusky’s lawyer says Sandusky is just “a big kid”.  Do scumbags like Sandusky really think people are going to buy that defense?  That he’s just was “horsing around” with all these young boys over the years?   Does “horsing around” with kids include showering naked with them, bear-hugging them naked, and doing…more disgusting things that his victims accuse him of?   We have two registered sex offenders living a few blocks away.  Scares the hell out of me knowing people like this are out there, when I have an 8-year old son.

Cain on Defense after Libya Comments - Herman Cain has already shown a lack of foreign policy credentials, but he’s beyond the point where he can get by with the excuse of “that’s what the experts are for” (referring to policy advisors if he should by some miracle be elected).  Yesterday was a complete joke though, when he was completely lost on the topic of Libya…shocking, giving the prominence Libya has had in the news.   The bigger question to me is…HOW THE HELL can people like Herman Cain even be considered presidential material?   HOW THE HELL can a Rick Perry EVER be elected into any position of responsibility?!?  WHY THE HELL do American voters seem to sometimes treasure complete stupidity in their candidates?  On the bright side…I wondered if I’d “miss” Sarah Palin (remember her?) when she finally dropped out of the media spotlight, but with Cain, Perry, Bachmann, Paul, and practically every GOP member of Congress, there’s definitely no shortage of OTHER people to make fun of.

Two Rhino Species Extinct in One Week - Last week, the last known Javan Rhino of a certain subspecies was found shot, with its horn cut off.  This week, the western Black Rhino of Africa was declared extinct in the wild.  Two megafauna down in a one week’s time, all for the sake of horny Asian men who “need” rhino horn as an aphrodisiac.  Ain’t humanity grand…

Bin Laden, Gadhafi both dead. U.S. Leaving Iraq. Republicans of course criticizing Obama’s foreign policy

Mission Accomplished

Unlike the foreign policy disaster that WAS George Bush, Obama has had incredibly stunning success in the foreign policy arena. And of course, Republicans are crucifying him for it.

First we had an incredibly bold and daring raid to find and kill Bin Laden in Pakistan, a move that took enormous courage for Obama to make.  Mission Accomplished.

Then we had Obama commit to helping rebel forces in Libya, a move which surely saved countless innocent lives when Gadhafi’s forces were first moving against the rebels, and a move which ultimately led to the capture and death of Gadhafi himself.  Mission Accomplished.

Just a few days later, Obama announces that all U.S. combat troops will be leaving Iraq by the end of the year, fulfilling a key pledge he made during his election.  Mission Accomplished.

So of COURSE Republicans were falling all over themselves today to criticize Obama’s Iraq move and his foreign policy credentials.   WTH!?!?!!?  Republicans are CRUSHING Obama in the press for announcing we’re leaving Iraq, calling it yet another failure of Obama’s foreign policy.   IRAQ IS A SOVEREIGN NATION, AND THEY DO NOT WANT US THERE ANY MORE.   There were attempts to negotiate with Iraq to keep some troops on the ground and help with the transition, but the SOVEREIGN GOVERNMENT of Iraq says it’s time for us to leave.  Is 9 years not enough?!?!  Evidently for Republicans, the answer is NO, 9 years is not enough, and we should be staying even longer!!  We have been at war for FAR longer than anyone expected when Bush invaded Iraq.   The American people, the Iraqi people, and the Iraqi government ALL want us out of Iraq.  Evidently someone forgot to CC’ Republicans on that message. 

You can knock Obama for the economy, even though frankly, there’s not a hell of a lot government can do to pull us out of this rut, especially with obstructionist Republicans who block even the most innocent of jobs bills to get Americans working again.   You can knock him for his handling of the environment.  I certainly have, as he’s seemed to continually cave in on environmental issues.  But it’s completely LAUGHABLE for Republicans to be bashing Obama on foreign policy, ESPECIALLY GOP candidates who to a man (or woman) are miserably deficient in terms of ANY foreign policy credentials.

I for one thank you, President Obama, for keeping your campaign promise. I thank you for listening to the people of Iraq, the Iraqi government, and the American people in making this decision.   I’ve not been thrilled with many of your actions since election, but you have done wonders in repairing America’s greatly damaged reputation overseas after the Bush debacle, and have continually shown a terrific knack for making the right foreign policy decisions.  Here’s to you, Mr. Obama….MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.

Obama's can't-win foreign policy

David Horsey - Obama/Libya Cartoon

A terrific cartoon by Seattle's David Horsey that shows the strategy used by Republicans with regard to Libya and Obama.

Since taking office, Barack Obama has repaired goodwill overseas that the Bush administration had squandered.  He made an incredibly bold, risky, and successful decision to go after Bin Laden within Pakistan’s borders.  And now, Gadhafi’s reign in Libya is coming to close, something very unlikely to have happened without Obama’s decision to push NATO into joining the fray.

Surely Obama is receiving major kudos on the home front for his foreign policy brilliance, right?  Ah, you’re forgetting this is America, where you are not allowed to ever say anything nice about someone in the opposite political party.  What happened when Bin Laden was caught?   Eric Cantor, John Boehner, Anne Coulter,  and Donald Rumsfeld all gave Obama credit…for continuing Bush’s “successful” policies.  Rush Limbaugh made fun of folks giving Obama credit.  MANY on the right said the only reason we got Bin Laden was because of Bush’s decision to use “enhanced” interrogation techniques, and derided Obama for wanting to end those practices. 

When Obama first announced his intentions to join NATO in providing air support in Libya, Republicans reactions were almost universally negative.  Newt Gingrich said we have a “spectator in chief, not commander in chief”.  Haley Barbour said Obama was just “dithering” in Libya.  Mitt Romney said Obama was “tentative, indecisive, and timid”.  Palin said if SHE were president at the time, there would have been more “decisiveness”. 

Today, it appears Gadhafi’s decades long rule in Libya is coming to an end, helped in no small part by the U.S. and NATO’s support of Libyan rebels.  And what credit does Obama get?  John McCain says “It should have ended sooner”, saying we should have used the “full weight” of our air power instead of doing what we did.  Jon Huntsman simply said Libya wasn’t “core to our national security.”

Perhaps Obama would get more credit if he did something more subtle…say, fly to a battleship and hold a press conference in front of a giant banner saying “MISSION ACCOMPLISHED”.